Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1: I’m not happy or sad, says Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho reflects on his Chelsea side's 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the League Cup on Tuesday
Jose Mourinho said that he was neither happy nor sad with the result after watching his Chelsea team secure a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final tie.
Eden Hazard gave Mourinho’s men the lead at Anfield from the penalty spot in the 18th minute after Emre Can’s clumsy challenge brought him down in the box.
But Liverpool battled back and deservedly drew level when Raheem Sterling raced through the Chelsea defence and finished coolly past Thibaut Courtois.
The Blues then had to withstand waves of pressure from the home side, with Steven Gerrard hitting the post as they pressed for a winner.
However, the Reds could not find a winner ahead of the return leg at Stamford Bridge in a week’s time, with a place at Wembley against either Tottenham Hotspur or Sheffield United at stake.
“It’s a draw. I am not sad as a defeat, not as happy as a victory,” said Mourinho, speaking to BBC Sport.
“My emotion is in the middle. I’m not saying we are favourites now. This semi-final was two legs and now it’s only one match and that’s at Stamford Bridge.”
Mourinho continued: “It was a proper semi-final and a fair result. Liverpool played well but we were in control.
“Maybe with a bit more quality in our passing we could score more goals. We were not very efficient in our transition when we recovered the ball. We defended well and our goalkeeper was good.”
Chelsea’s next game is an FA Cup fourth-round clash with Bradford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.