Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho claims he knew his side would find it difficult to beat Shrewsbury in the Capital One Cup. Chelsea went on to beat Shrewsbury 2-1, thanks to goal from Didier Drogba and a 81st-minute own goal by Shrewsbury’s Jermaine Grandison.
Didier Drogba opened the scoring for the Blues to give them the lead just three minutes into the second half, but Shrewsbury’s Andy Mangan scored in the 77th minute. Jermaine Grandison’s 81st-minute own goal sealed the win for Chelsea. The Blues have now qualified for the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.
“I didn’t change my feelings (that) the game was going to be difficult,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“It was difficult from minute one to the last minute. I still had (Eden) Hazard to make a change but I was worried about the possibility of going to extra-time.
“We needed to do that change so I delay that change, could be a change to break the game definitely but when you have the possibility of extra-time you have to control the situation which he did so I’m very pleased with the players, I was not expecting a different match.
“It wasn’t desperation (to make the changes). It was showing respect for our club, our fans, Shrewsbury fans and the Capital One Cup.
“It is not good for the competition if you come into it thinking you can lose.”
Didier Drogba also praised Shrewsbury for their brilliant performance against Premier League leaders Chelsea. Didier Drogba has now scored two goals in two games for Chelsea in the absence of first choice strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy.
“Fantastic team, fantastic opponent,” Drogba added.
“I think they give everything and I think they show today why they deserve to be here tonight and they made a very difficult game for us really.”