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Chelsea predicted XI vs Liverpool in the Capital One Cup

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Jose Mourinho got the perfect performance from his Blues on Saturday afternoon as they beat Swansea 5-0 - the ideal preparation for a Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Tuesday evening.

So dominant were Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium, Mourinho was able to bring off three of his key players. Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Willian were all withdrawn with 15 minutes to play, saving their legs for the trip to Anfield.

Still battling on four fronts, Mourinho is expected to name a strong team to face Brendan Rodgers's side in the first-leg of the encounter this week.

Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert were the goalscorers for Liverpool on Saturday as the Reds beat Aston Villa at Villa Park and Rodgers's team have hit a bit of form recently, winning three away games on the bounce.

Chelsea will still be favourites over two legs and considering their strength in depth, there's little reason for Mourinho to take any risks.

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Cesar Azpilicueta missed the game against Swansea with a groin problem, and there's no reason for Mourinho to rush him back with Filipe Luis stepping in ably in Wales.

Petr Cech should also keep his place as the Cup competition keeper for Chelsea, giving Thibaut Courtois a little more time to fully recover from his own injury.

Mourinho on Gerrard

The big talking point coming into this game has been Mourinho's pre-match comments regarding Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard. The Chelsea boss admitted it was one of his biggest regrets that he never signed Gerrard.

Mourinho wanted Gerrard to play alongside Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele during his first stint as Chelsea manager.

"We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there," said Mourinho.

"I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield."

Mourinho continued: "We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and [former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.

"His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.

"He [Gerrard] was always a red and I think the decision was right."

Chelsea predicted XI…

Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Luis, Mikel, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Diego Costa

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