Mark Schwarzer opens up on Jose Mourinho's plan for Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea in 2014

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Mark Schwarzer only made 12 appearances during his time with Chelsea, but one of those games just happened to be the iconic win over Liverpool in 2014.

The Reds had the Premier League title race in their control and victory over Chelsea at Anfield would almost certainly shake off Manchester City, but it just wasn't to be.

Jose Mourinho delivered something of a tactical masterclass on Merseyside, albeit not the most attractive style of football, and completely smothered his attacking opponents.

Despite Liverpool creating the most chances and maintaining the greater share of possession, Chelsea were able to smuggle themselves a 2-0 victory and ultimately ruin Liverpool's title charge.

Conceding a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace and opening the door for City would ultimately see Brendan Rodgers miss out on top spot in 2013-14.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea in 2014

The Liverpool manager notoriously described Mourinho's tactics by saying: "They parked two buses, rather than one. From the first minute they had 10 men behind the ball."

Of course, the game is most famous for Steven Gerrard's slip, a mistake that allowed Demba Ba to score the opening and most pivotal goal of the game.

Schwarzer saw everything happen from the opposite side of the pitch, keeping a clean sheet, and has now opened up on the game as part of a series with Opta Sport.


Mourinho's sneaky team-talk

Given the notoriety surrounding Mourinho's tactics that day, the Australian has opened up on the team talk the Chelsea boss gave that day and it's everything fans expected.

"The whole way up to the stadium there’s this carnival atmosphere," the Premier League veteran recounted.

"I remember the team talk: 'Mark, whenever you get the first either goal kick, free kick, whatever it is, take your time.

"'And as you’re about to kick that ball, Ivanovic, you shout out to him and say no no, wait wait wait...I’ll take it.'

"And he casually jogged over. And the players were going crazy.

"At this stage you think, oh, we’re going to win this. Brendan Rogers also came out and said that we’ve parked two buses in front of the goal. I didn’t see any buses there.

"That was the game Gerard slipped, because they just got so frustrated. The whole game we just frustrated them and we won 2-0.”

There was certainly great evidence to suggest Mourinho used time-wasting tactics throughout the game and Schwarzer has finally confirmed Liverpool suspicions.


Although the nature of Chelsea's performance that day certainly wasn't tasteful, it worked an absolute treat for the visitors and showed how Mourinho's tactics can often work to perfection.

Chelsea would go onto win the Premier League title the following season and Liverpool would never recover from the loss under Rodgers.

The Reds are looking far better under Jurgen Klopp now and there's a belief they could go all the way this season, but only time will tell whether Mourinho has an impact once again.

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