Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur @ Wembley
March 1, 2015 @ 4.00pm
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is looking forward to reclaiming a trophy he last won in 2007.
In a re-run of the 2008 League Cup final – which Tottenham Hotspur won 2-1 – the Portuguese is aiming to win the trophy he first lifted 10 years ago in his first season in charge.
That victory began a spell of success for the west London club but Mourinho insists he is simply focused on winning his first trophy since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013.
“I just think about the moment – only this game. We have a final to win and nothing else matters,” he said.
“I don’t think if we win the cup final we will win the league, or if we lose it we will lose the league.
“It is just a game we have to play and after that the cup talk is over.”
Nemanja Matic will miss Sunday’s game because of suspension after being given a two-game ban for the red card he picked up for pushing Burnley’s Ashley Barnes last weekend, while Jon Obi Mikel continues to recover from a knee injury.
Spurs head into the fixture off the back of Thursday’s disappointing 2-0 defeat to Fiorentina which dumped the north Londoners out of the Europa League.
After a brilliant January, Christian Eriksen has faded in February, but star man Harry Kane continues to excel and will again be Spurs’ main attacking threat.
The teams have already met twice in the league this season; Chelsea winning at Stamford Bridge 3-0 before Spurs hit back with a 5-3 win on New Year’s Day – only the second time ever a Mourinho led team had conceded five goals in a match.
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Star man: Diego Costa – The Spain international has been Chelsea’s talisman this season with 17 goals in all competitions.
Danger Man: Harry Kane – The boyhood Spurs fan burst onto the scene this campaign with 24 goals in all competitions, including two in the 5-3 win last month.
Last time they met: Tottenham 5 Chelsea 3, Premier League, January 1, 2015
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