FA Cup: I feel ashamed, players must feel the same, says Mourinho
Blues boss insists Chelsea will quickly recover from their humiliating FA Cup exit against third-tier Bradford because most of his star players missed the stunning fourth round defeat
London: Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea will quickly recover from their humiliating FA Cup exit against third-tier Bradford because most of his star players missed the stunning fourth round defeat.
Mourinho suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats of his career as the Premier League leaders squandered a two-goal lead in their 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chelsea's first defeat to lower-league opposition since 2008 ended their bid to win all four of the major trophies on offer this season and left Blues boss Mourinho admitting he was ashamed of the performance.
But Chelsea have a golden opportunity to erase the bitter taste of their FA Cup misery when they host Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday in a tie delicately poised after the first leg at Anfield finished 1-1 last week.
Manchester City then visit the Bridge on Saturday in a showdown certain to have a major influence on the destination of the title.
No Fab show this: A dejected Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea walks away after his team conceded their fourth goal while Bradford City players celebrate in the background during their FA Cup fourth round match at Stamford Bridge in London on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Mourinho believes most of his players should not carry any scars from the Bradford defeat as he made eight changes against the League One side, with Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas only featuring as substitutes and Diego Costa left out of the squad.
"Many of the players were not directly involved in the game, I don't think these players (Branislav) Ivanovic, (Nemanja) Matic, Diego (Costa) can be affected," Mourinho said.
"In an ideal world it would affect us in a positive, not a negative way. We have to win the next match and let's go for it. I feel ashamed and the players should feel exactly the same." Mourinho said.
"The most important event now is the League Cup as it's the next game we play. The Premier League is above all, but we are professionals."