Head coach Jose Mourinho won the trophy in his first year in England, starting off the impressive era of success that has been seen in West London in the last decade, and he is looking to claim his first silverware since to Stamford Bridge his return with a third victory in the competition.
Despite the Trotters having won just once this Championship campaign, and requiring extra time to defeat opponents in both previous rounds of the League Cup, Blues assistant coach Steve Holland has admitted that they must not underestimate anyone in the competition - especially teams from a lower division.
Quoted by London24, Holland said: “It’s a game we have to be wary of, give full respect to the opposition. I think that will be the case.
“We had an experience against Swindon, who were League One, last season that was uncomfortable. We survived it.
“You underestimate clubs and teams in a lower league at your peril. You’ll be in trouble if that’s the case.”
The Blues struggled to overcome Swindon 2-0 last season, reaching the fifth round where they were knocked out by eventual finalists Sunderland. Having failed to reach the final since 2008, Chelsea have been dumped out of the competition by a host of different sides, with Burnley and Blackburn being notable early round losses.
However, Mourinho’s record in the competition is impressive, and to secure a trophy early in the season can be a strong motivation for the playing squad to go on and achieve further glory.
Holland added his feelings on the topic, saying: "To have a trophy on board March time puts you in a good place for the conclusion to the season."