JOSE Mourinho has refused to dwell on Chelsea’s nightmare FA Cup exit to Bradford as he eyes a Wembley final at the expense of Liverpool.
Mourinho labelled Saturday’s loss to League One Bradford as a “disgrace” and “unacceptable” after the Blues led 2-0 only to plunge to a 4-2 defeat.
Chelsea face Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tonight with their Capital One Cup semi-final poised at 1-1 after the first leg.
“The next game is the most important one,” Mourinho said on chelseafc.com. “We need to forget Bradford and start the next game in a different competition, and I know we are one victory away from playing a final. It’s the good thing about playing consecutive matches without many days in between. When you lose, you have to focus immediately on the next game.
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“You don’t have a lot of time to be moaning or analysing what happened in the bad one. Let’s move on and let’s think about the next one.
“At the end of May, beginning of June, we don’t go to Wembley to play the FA Cup final, that’s for sure. The FA Cup is finished for us. We don’t go there even to play the FA Cup semi-final.
“To go there – and I think that should mean a lot to everyone – the last chance we have is this one, to play there in the Capital One Cup final.”
Mourinho is likely to revert to his first-choice players in a key week for Chelsea as holders Manchester City visit the leaders in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
Having seen their challenge for an unprecedented quadruple ended by Bradford, Chelsea know they must perform at their best to keep alive their remaining hopes of silverware.
Didier Drogba, one of the players who failed to see off Bradford, believes the game-by-game approach of his manager is the right one.
Drogba, who collected the 2015 Football Writers’ Association Tribute Award at a gala dinner in London on Sunday, said: “Of course everything is capable this season, but at the same time, you can lose everything, like on Saturday.
“We need to stay focused on what we want to achieve, but also at the same time we have to take it game by game from now until the end of the season, because this is the part of the season where everything is decided.
“After a defeat, you always want to bounce back and that is what we hope to do.”