Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits that he may need to revisit his side’s approach to matches after they were dumped out of the League Cup by Sunderland.
The Blues were largely in control of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday night but could not build on Lee Cattermole’s own goal despite numerous chances falling to the likes of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba.
Mourinho’s men were then made to pay as Fabio Borini levelled the tie deep into the second half before fellow substitute Ki Sung-Yueng popped up to send the Black Cats into the semi-finals just before penalties.
“Maybe the way to rectify it is not to concede goals, maybe the way is to have a different approach,” the 50-year-old told the press after the match.
“When you are a very offensive team and you don’t score enough goals to win matches, maybe the right approach is to be more defensive, concede less goals and win matches with the few goals we score.
“But that’s not what I want because that is not what we have in mind, in the building-up of this team. We want this team to have evolution but based on the way we are playing at the moment. We want to finish opponents but we need to score goals to finish opponents.”
City ease past Leicester
Elsewhere, Manchester City maintained their lethal form in front of goal with a 3-1 win at Leicester City.
Aleksandar Kolarov opened the scoring early in the first half with a stunning 30-yard free kick and Edin Dzeko doubled the visitors’ lead just before the break with a close-range header.
The Bosnian striker then piled more misery on Leicester eight minutes into the second half with his seventh goal in eight League Cup appearances and City’s 19th goal in six matches across all competitions.
The Foxes struggled to stretch Joe Hart but were able to grab a late consolation through Lloyd Dyer.