Capital One Cup: Jose Mourinho Repeats Plea To Chelsea Fans For Partisan Stamford Bridge
Jose Mourinho has repeated his plea to Chelsea fans for a partisan Stamford Bridge when his side play Liverpool next week for a place in the Capital One Cup final.
The Chelsea boss, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of the club's supporters following a victory over QPR in November, saying the team felt they were playing in an 'ewmpty stadium'.
The Portuguese believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference next week as they aim to build on Tuesday's 1-1 first-leg draw at Anfield.
“It was a two-leg semi-final, now it's a one-leg semi-final. That says a lot,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
“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 10 thousand. Chelsea, instead of 1,000, will have 40,000. I hope that can make a difference in the atmosphere.”
Chelsea have only once failed to win at home this season – when drawing with Schalke in the Champions League – and won all 10 of their Premier League games at the 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.”
Hazard missed his most recent prior spot kick at Maribor and was relieved to net this time round.
“I was a little bit scared because sometimes in training in Belgium with (Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet), he saves my penalties,” Hazard added.
“When I saw the ball touch the net it was good for me.”