Jose Mourinho has repeated his plea for a noisy Stamford Bridge when Chelsea play Liverpool next week for a place in the League Cup final. The Blues drew 1-1 at Anfield on Tuesday night, and play the Reds in the semi-final, second-leg bidding for a place in the March final at Wembley.
Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of Chelsea fans following November’s win over Queens Park Rangers, saying he felt his side were playing in an “empty stadium”. The Portuguese believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference next week against Brendan Rodgers’ visitors.
“It was a two-leg semi-final, now it’s a one-leg semi-final,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. “That says a lot. Two legs is difficult, Anfield is difficult, and with this result we transform a two-leg semi-final into a one-leg semi-final at Stamford Bridge.
“If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it. Liverpool, instead of 40,000 fans, they will have five or ten [thousand]. Chelsea, instead of 1,000, will have 40,000. I hope that can make a difference in the atmosphere.”
The Blues have only once failed to win at home this season – they drew with Schalke in the UEFA Champions League – and won all ten of their Premier League games at Stamford Bridge. Like Mourinho, Eden Hazard, who converted a penalty at Anfield, called for the home support.
to create an intimidating atmosphere.
The Belgium playmaker told Chelsea TV: “We are very strong at home. We need to win, because a draw is not enough. We need the support, the fans, everybody to go to Wembley.”
If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it.