Jose Mourinho has been playing down the significance of tonight’s Champions League visit to Anfield where his Chelsea team face holders Liverpool.
Liverpool overcame Chelsea at the semi-final stage last season to provide a rare setback in Mourinho’s first season in England.
“It’s not going to be three or four-nil,” the Chelsea coach said.
“This is a game between two good teams and unless something extraordinary happens it is going to be another close game.
“Both teams are in a good situation and even if somebody loses there are still four matches left to get the nine points required to go through.”
Mourinho has a full squad to choose from with the exception of Spanish left-back Asier Del Horno will miss out with a thigh complaint
Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez believes that last season’s result will have no bearing on tonight’s meeting.
“It is a new season, with new players and a different moment. They have a better team and have been winning all their games and we know it will be difficult.
“We know they have weak points and we have an idea how we can beat them. I’m not telling you what they are, but they do exist. It’s up to us to take advantage.”
Benitez has again implored his supporters to play their part in tonight’s game.
“We have two things in our favour – the first is our confidence and the second is our supporters. When we play at Anfield we know how important their backing is.”
Liverpool will be without Fernando Morientes due to a hamstring problem while midfielder Mohamed Sissoko is doubtful with a thigh injury.