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Much has been made of Jose Mourinho's incredible record against Arsene Wenger during his previous stint as Chelsea manager. In eight matches, Mourinho emerged victorious four times, while securing the draw the other four… he's never lost to Wenger.
There are further reasons for the traveling Chelsea fans to be optimistic about returning home having witnessed a win:
- Arsenal have not kept their sheets clean in their last ten League Cup matches
- Chelsea beat Arsenal in all three of their last three games in the League Cup
- Chelsea are on a great away run in the competition, losing only once in normal time in their last 17 games on the road
Elsewhere, Fernando Torres' remarkable week last week continues to resonate throughout the squad as Andre Schurrle told the club's official website that the Spaniard is amongst the best in the world: 'Fernando was very good. He was strong, he was fast, and I think we all saw that he is one of the best strikers in the world.
'I see him every day in training and he works really hard, so he deserved his goal.'
This, after goalkeeper Petr Cech claimed Torres was in the midst of the form of his life: 'This is the debate everybody's been having for a long time. There were so many games when Fernando was absolutely brilliant, but because he didn't score everybody's saying 'oh, he didn't score'.
'Now he's scoring goals, he's making goals, he's playing as well as he has during his life.'
And finally, any talk of 'Super' Mario Balotelli linking up with Jose 'The Special One' Mourinho in January have been quelled. The player's agent indicated that a mid-season switch could be a realistic possibility, but this has been countered by Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri.
He is quoted by Four Four Two to have said: 'I have absolutely no fear of losing Balotelli in January. He is a Milan player who is now living in a time when he's not playing well, but it can happen.'
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