Shrewsbury Town 1 – 2 Chelsea
Capital One Cup Fourth Round
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted that he knew his side would face a tough test against Shrewsbury after the Blues’ 2-1 win at Greenhous Meadow.
The Blues struggled with the awful playing conditions but they showed their class early in the second-half and took the lead through a Didier Drogba goal.
Shrewsbury got a derived equaliser when substitute Andy Mangan scored from close range, but the Blues claimed victory when Jermaine Grandison put the ball in his own net to send Chelsea through to the League Cup quarter-finals.
Mourinho said: “I didn’t change my feelings that the game was going to be difficult.
“It was difficult from minute one to the last minute. I was worried about the possibility of going to extra-time.
“When you have the possibility of extra-time you have to control the situation which he did so I’m very pleased with the players.”
Mourhino made a number of changes for the match but he was critical of some of the players that he brought in to the team.
He said: “I think I had on my four players that played on Sunday and they were an unbelievable example for others.
“When you have Petr Cech and Jon Mikel Obi not playing regularly, they come here and give great example of professionalism.
“If players who play 90 minutes two days ago were fantastic tonight, I expect people who are not playing a lot to raise the level to create me problems. I love problems of choices but at the moment it is easy to choose my team for Saturday.
“That’s what makes players special and if I was a kid player with this guy on my side what can I wish more? For the kids it is a privilege and they have to learn by example.”