How Tottenham have made life more difficult for Liverpool with Chelsea win

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Liverpool's chances of Capital One Cup glory may have taken a hit after Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League win over Chelsea.

In beating Chelsea 5-3 on New Year's Day, Tottenham may have inadvertently made life a little more difficult for Liverpool.

It's a simple theory, one that may be a little far fetched, but it makes sense when you consider that it centres around a certain Jose Mourinho.

Indeed, the one side standing between Liverpool and their first cup final in years are Chelsea. But that Chelsea side have the possibility of facing Tottenham in the final should they beat the Reds.

That may not have bothered Mourinho too much before. But now, after conceding five goals for only the second time in his long career, the Portuguese boss will be itching for revenge.

And, when Mourinho sets his mind on a goal, it's fair to say it comes about more often than not.

Liverpool, of course, have motivation of their own to reach Wembley - in giving Steven Gerrard the best goodbye possible by lifting a trophy.

But, in humiliating Chelsea somewhat, Tottenham have reduced Liverpool's chances of getting to the final ever so slightly.

Mourinho will want revenge on Spurs, meaning he will have even more motivation to get past his old rivals in order to meet different ones (should they beat Sheffield United) - and meaning he is just a little less likely to play someone like John Obi Mikel when his first-choice starters are available.

This is a speculative theory, of course. But this is Mourinho we're talking about.

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