Mourinho: Matic's suspension hands Tottenham advantage in Capital One Cup final

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Nemanja Matic's suspension gives Tottenham the advantage in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.

Chelsea and Tottenham are gearing up this week ahead of Sunday's Capital One Cup final at Wembley - just weeks after Spurs smashed Jose Mourinho's men 5-3 at White Hart Lane.

Both sides drew in the Premier League at the weekend, with Spurs coming from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw with West Ham United, whilst Chelsea could only muster a 1-1 home draw against relegation-threatened Burnley.

The circumstances of that game have to be taken into account though, with midfielder Nemanja Matic sent off for pushing Ashley Barnes after reacting badly to a coming together with the Clarets striker.

That red card means that Matic will now serve a suspension, ruling him out of Sunday's final against Tottenham - and speaking to the London Evening Standard, Mourinho believes that the Serbian's absence is a boost for Spurs.

"It will be an advantage [that Matic is suspended]. In football an advantage is an advantage," said Mourinho, in what appeared to be another of his classic mind games.

John Obi Mikel or Ramires will be in contention to replace Matic in midfield, but Chelsea's 2-1 defeat to Newcastle in November showed just how disjointed they can be without Matic in the side.

Mourinho also praised the squad at Mauricio Pochettino's disposal, saying that he has good depth - before aiming some criticism at defender Jan Vertonghen.

"They [Tottenham] have such a good squad, almost replicas with two players for every position. What’s the difference between Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend? Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen? Paulinho and Ryan Mason? Vertonghen and Fazio — actually Vertonghen likes to get cards to the opponents," he added.

After beating Chelsea in January, Tottenham will be confident of repeating the trick this week - and Matic's absence certainly helps their chances.

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