Mourinho’s men will take on League One side Bradford City in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge today. The Blues gaffer Jose Mourinho says it will be “a disgrace” if the Premier League leaders are knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Bradford.
Chelsea fans consider this competition a very special one, having seen their side win the trophy four times since 2007. Jose Mourinho though, has only won it once as a manager.
In the 3rd round, Chelsea comfortably dispatched Watford 3-0 to cruise through. They fielded a lot of youngsters and second-team players for that game, and that is expected to be the case on Saturday as well.
The Portuguese has confirmed in his press conference that a whole host of changes will be made, even though there are no injury concerns. With the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Liverpool, along with the top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City to come later in the week, a lot of the regulars will be rested.
Chelsea’s veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech will come in for Thibaut Courtois in goal, while captain John Terry will also sit out. Young French defender Kurt Zouma, who scored in the previous round, will partner Gary Cahill in the heart of the defence.
The gaffer has also confirmed that Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah will play. Both these players have been linked with moves away from Stamford Bridge in the past month. The Spanish star Diego Costa will also be rested, and it expected that Loic Remy will start in place of the striker.