Stamford Bridge side collect vital away goal from first leg encounter.
Jose Mourinho believes his Chelsea side were in control during their Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool despite the fact that on the face of it the home side were far superior.
In comments quoted by Goal.com the Blues boss believes that his side played their part in what was an entertaining encounter, stating;
“I think it was a big game, a really big game – and for the [League] Cup that’s really fantastic,”
“We played at the top of our potential, Liverpool did the same; it was a proper semi-final and a fair result. I don’t think Liverpool deserved to lose this game because I think they performed really well but we were in control.
“Maybe with a little bit more quality in our passing we could find spaces and could score more goals because the way they played, with the three defenders, we have a lot of space to counterattack and we were not very efficient in our transition when we recovered the ball.
“But I think it was a big game: intensity, emotion, a great semi-final.”
A statistical analysis of the account, as provided by the BBC, states that Liverpool had 19 shots to Chelsea’s two with the Premier League table topping side’s only on target effort coming from the penalty spot.
It’s not a point that holds much water with Mourinho, who commented on suggestions that his side were outplayed by adding;
“But we had what I call lots of half-chances, which is lots of space to counterattack, their team completely open with the three defenders in the back for the whole bit, we recovered lots of balls and our passing was not the best. With a little bit more quality of passing we would have scored more goals.”
Liverpool have it all to do and travel to face a Chelsea side who have won ten of ten home Premier League fixtures this season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are on a good run of form themselves having lost just one of their last 15 fixtures in all competitions.