Jose Mourinho wants a full house at Stamford Bridge for semi-final match against Liverpool
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has urged the fans at Stamford Bridge to come out in full support of their team when they take on Liverpool in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final at home next Tuesday. The Blues were held to a 1-1 stalemate at Anfield on Wednesday and the 51-year-old believes that if a packed house turns up for the second leg, it would make the home team bring out their best and hopefully pull off a win. 44,573 spectators turned up at Anfield for the first leg.
“If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 percent 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," he said.
Mourinho further added that it is anybody game rom now and his team manage to pull it through in the away leg.
"It was a two-leg semi-final, now it's a one-leg semifinal. 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,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV.
Pack Stamford Bridge on Tuesday: Hazard
Mourinho wasn't the only one who asked fans to turn up in large numbers for the second leg that is scheduled to be played on January 27. Belgian forward Eden Hazard also asked for fans to fill the stadium on Tuesday, saying that they would need their support from their fans if they are to pull off a win on Tuesday.
“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," the 24-year-old told Chelsea TV.
Mourinho had earlier been critical of the fans for not providing the support that they deserved at home, following his side’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers in November.