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Mourinho expects tough Derby test

Mourinho knows his side face a tough test at Derby tomorrow. (©GettyImages)
Mourinho knows his side face a tough test at Derby tomorrow. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expecting a tough test when he takes his side to face Championship side Derby in the FA Cup Third Round tomorrow.

Mourinho - whose last trophy in his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge was the FA Cup - also says he will field a strong side at the iPro Stadium.

He said: "A team that will play the best they can, without any kind of pressure.

"Do we lose? Do we win? Who knows? At least the message is we respect them and we go there with the best possible team."

Mourinho added: "The next game after Derby is Hull at the weekend. We can play against Derby and have a day off on Monday.

"It's the last game of this crazy 15 days. After that things come back for normality for a couple of weeks.

"I think the players are also keen on it, to go, go with a strong side and at least tell our opponent that we are going there with maximum respect."

The Rams are managed by ex-England boss Steve McClaren and have mounted a serious assault on promotion with eight wins from their last 10 matches.

And Mourinho was full of praise for McClaren, saying: "Steve knows the football that can take him not just to the Premier League, but also to play with a certain stability if, or when, they reach the Premier League."

The match provides a potential banana skin for a Chelsea side that seems to be beginning to find its form after an inconsistent first few months of the season.

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