SCOTT Parker has warned his new Fulham team-mates that Jose Mourinho gives Chelsea a whole new dimension.
Parker knows the Special One well after Mourinho paid £10million to take him to Stamford Bridge in January 2004 during his first spell in charge.
The move did not work out, as the England star struggled to force his way past Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Claude Makelele into the first team.
Parker left for Newcastle in summer 2005 – but not before he picked up a Premier League winners medal as Mourinho led Chelsea to their first English title for 50 years. And the Portuguese manager made a lasting impression.
Mourinho returned to Chelsea this summer and Parker is also back in SW6, having moved from Tottenham to Fulham in August.
The sides lock horns tomorrow (Saturday).
“It’s a big game for us,” Parker said. “It’s always going to be a big game. We’ll go there, set out and try and see what we can do. We’ll work on it this week and try and pick up a result if we can.
“He [Mourinho] has added another dimension to Chelsea certainly. For us it’s obviously another game against a very, very good team that we’ll prepare well for and go and give them a game.”
Fulham head into the game on the back of conceding a last-minute equaliser at home to West Brom at the weekend, leading some fans to question boss Martin Jol, however Parker believes signs of improvement are clear.
“We passed the ball really well and looked a well-organised team,” Parker added. “I think there are a lot of positives to take.”
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