After Chelsea’s humiliating home defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup last weekend, tonight’s Capital One Cup second leg against Liverpool has become even more important.
Jose Mourinho won the trophy in his first season as manager of the Blues in 2005, but to get to the final this year he’ll have to overcome a Liverpool side showing signs of returning to the form that almost won them the league title last season.
The Reds were the better side in the 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first-leg last week and, were it not for an inspirational display from Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea could have found themselves behind in the tie.
Mourinho’s side will go into the game with some confidence, given they are unbeaten in six matches against Liverpool for only the second time in their history, the first being between 1936 and 1938.
Chelsea might, though, have one eye on their forthcoming league match against Man City this weekend
The top two sides in the Premier League drew 1-1 when they met at the Etihad Stadium in September, thanks to a late Frank Lampard goal that earned a draw against his former side.
Murray is doing well down under
In tennis, Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
He defeated home favourite Nick Kyrgios in straight sets and will now face Tomas Berdych in Thursday’s semi-final.
Berdych recently hired Dani Vallverdu as coach and has been in inspirational form during the tournament, most recently ending a 17-match losing streak against Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals
Vallverdu was previously in Andy Murray’s camp and so should be able to provide the Czech with some insights into the former Wimbledon champion’s game.
Bad news for England fly-half Owen Farrell
The 23-year-old has damaged medial knee ligaments and will miss the whole of the Six Nations.
England have three other fly-halves to choose from, with George Ford, Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler competing for a starting place against Wales on 6th February.