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Jose stokes fire ahead of Chelsea clash Puyol wary of Stuttgart

Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho has stoked the fire ahead of his side's Champions League last 16 tie with Chelsea by claiming a "strong" team would not have dropped the number of points the Blues have this season.

Carlo Ancelotti's side head into tomorrow's first leg at the San Siro sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, four points clear of champions Manchester United with 11 games remaining.

But Mourinho believes his former team are far from invincible, having drawn four and lost four of their 27 league matches under Ancelotti.

The Portuguese said: "The Premier League is never easy -- every game normally is difficult.

"But when a team is strong, it doesn't lose so many matches, so many points."

Puyol wary of Stuttgart

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol admits his side could be in for a bad night if they underestimate in-form Stuttgart in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.

Barca make the trip to Germany having bounced back from their first league defeat of the season eight days ago against Atletico Madrid by thumping Racing Santander 4-0.

But Stuttgart too have won six of their last seven and at the weekend thrashed Cologne 5-1 away from home with Cacau netting four of his side's goals.

Puyol said: "They're playing better now and they are a dangerous team. If we don't go there focused, we could really have a bad time."

Key duo Xavi and Dani Alves have at least made the trip to Germany, but neither has yet been given the all-clear to return to action following injuries.

Stuttgart's Brazilian-born German international Cacau said: "We've got nothing to lose. Barca are favourites and we maybe have a 20 or 30pc chance of getting through, but we will be trying to make the most of our opportunities."