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Chelsea manager confident of exploiting Liverpool weakness

Jose Mourinho thinks his side can take advantage of a fundamental flaw in their system.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned Liverpool ahead of their Capital One Cup clash on Tuesday evening, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Portuguese manager has said that he believes his side, who were beaten by Bradford in the FA Cup on Saturday, can hurt Brendan Rodgers' side because of a fundamental flaw in their tactics. 

The Reds have enjoyed a good run of form of late having swapped to a new formation that sees them playing with three central defenders and wing-backs. However, Mourinho believes the system can leave Liverpool vulnerable in certain areas and remains confident that his side can exploit that.

“Liverpool gave a lot of space,” Mourinho said.

“They play with three defender­s. The fullbacks are wide. We could hurt them much more than we did there. I was frustrated (in the first leg) because normally our midfield is full of quality after losing the ball. We recovered the ball, lost the ball, recovered the ball, lost the ball – when I saw enough space to score more goals.”

The two sides enter the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final clash following a scintillating 1-1 draw at Anfield last Tuesday that Rodgers’ side were unfortunate not to win.

That game saw Eden Hazard give Chelsea the lead with an 18th minute penalty before an exquisite solo goal from Raheem Sterling, which the forward later admitted was fortunate, saw the sides drawn level.

But Mourinho claims the winger doesn’t need specific attention tonight, claiming that he didn’t do much beyond scoring the equaliser in the first leg.

“He scored a fantastic goal but I didn’t see too much more than that,” added Mourinho.

“I think Chelsea played very well defensively. In that action (of scoring) he was fantastic and we made a couple of mistakes the way we approached that situation.”

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