Jose Mourinho delivered some great news to Chelsea fans ahead of their Capital One Cup final clash with Tottenham on Sunday as he revealed that the Blues have no new injury concerns.
The Chelsea boss confirmed that John Obi Mikel will be the only player that is going to miss the final through injury, while Nemanja Matic is suspended for the game after being sent off against Burnley in the Premier League.
Mourinho also spoke about the importance of the cup final, and insisted he is not looking past the game on Sunday, describing it as a 'one-off'. However he does see this trip to Wembley as the first of many for his new Chelsea side.
Chelsea have a great record at Wembley, especially since it was rebuilt, having played there 12 times since 2007. They have won eight of those games but Mourinho says they can’t be expected to win every time.
The Chelsea boss said in his press conference: “Chelsea cannot win everything and cannot win every season. If you want to do that we have to change country to where the competition is not so hard.
“Chelsea in the last 10 years won the League Cup twice but was many times at Wembley and won FA Cups, Premier Leagues and the European Cup.
“We try to build with this new generation of players and try to make Wembley something normal for us and try to go there year after year.”
"We try to build with this new generation of players and try to make Wembley something normal for us and try to go there year after year"
Previous Wembley meetings
Tottenham and Chelsea have met at the new Wembley twice before, with Chelsea comfortably winning the most recent meeting in the FA Cup semi-final in 2012 5-1. However, the two sides have played in the League Cup final at Wembley before too. That time though, in 2008, Tottenham took the trophy back to White Hart Lane, winning the game 2-1.
In between those two games Chelsea have enjoyed much more success than their London rivals, but this one is sure to be a very tight contest. Both have taken points off of each other in the Premier League already this season, with Chelsea winning 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and Tottenham winning the reverse fixture 5-3 on New Year’s Day.