Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has vowed to treat the Capital One Cup and tonight’s opponents with ultimate respect and will field a strong side.
Mourinho spoke to the press ahead of tonight’s game and said ”A cup is a cup. A trophy is a trophy. If you lose, you lose but you don’t need to throw it away.’
‘So yes, we look to the competition in a proper way, and I also think it’s very important to respect opponents.’
‘I don’t think opponents from the Championship, League One or League Two expect the big clubs to go and play against them without the best players.’
‘They want a big day for themselves. Imagine if we go to Walsall without any one of our most important players – even if they won I don’t think the feeling would be the same.’
‘For Walsall players and Walsall supporters it’s important the big teams show that respect and that commitment.’
‘In the FA Cup last season, we lost against a League One club [Bradford], which can happen. Walsall are a good team. They are playing well and trying to be promoted.’
‘For them it’s a big occasion and as I was saying, it’s important to respect them and to go with a good team with the desire to win.’