The Blues host the League One side in the FA Cup this weekend.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that it would be beneficial for his side’s Premier League title bid if they were beaten by League One side Bradford City at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend, report the Mail, but the Portuguese has indicated that he wants his side to fight on all fronts and that it would be a “disgrace” if they failed to get past the Bantams.
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will field a full strength line up or not for the visit of Phil Parkinson’s side, who have one of the third tier’s better away records this season, but it is clear that the Chelsea boss would be left livid if there are any slip ups from his side on home soil.
Mourinho also had a sly dig at the manager of an unnamed other club in his pre-match briefing, suggesting that his side do not subscribe to the idea that being knocked out of cup competitions can ever be seen as a good thing:
“The other day, a coach of a big team was knocked out of the Cup and he was saying, ‘Very good, now we can focus on other competitions’. If I lose against Bradford I won’t say that. I say, ‘it’s a disgrace’.”
The report also suggests that attacking duo Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle are both set to be involved for the Blues, despite the fact that their short term future at the club is far from certain.