AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chelsea players seem pleased Jose Mourinho is headed back for a second stint as manager, even after he failed with Real Madrid.
Midfielder Juan Mata said Wednesday prior to the first of two U.S. friendlies against rival Manchester City that the 50-year-old Mourinho has been a winner in several countries. Defender Branislav Ivanovic said it was important to finish strong and "live in the moment," although he added Mourinho was one of the best.
The Cardinals anticipate standing room attendance of about 46,000 for Thursday night's match after a two-day makeover, getting the seal of approval from the Chelsea groundskeeper. The second game is Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
Mourinho left Real Madrid after winning two major titles, the 2011 Copa del Rey and the 2012 league championship, but falling short of taking a European Cup.
Manchester City arrives on game day Thursday set for changes. Roberto Mancini was fired after one season and it has been reported Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has been lined up as a replacement.
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5/22/2013 9:00:08 PM (GMT -5:00)