Liverpool FC boss confident of reaching Capital One Cup final
Brendan Rodgers delighted by Reds’ display against Chelsea on Tuesday
January 21st, 2015
Liverpool produced one of their best performances of the season to draw 1-1 with Chelsea on Tuesday evening, with Raheem Sterling cancelling out Eden Hazard’s early penalty.
It was a performance which saw the home team create plenty of chances, with Thibaut Courtois pulling off some smart saves to keep the scoreline level and Brendan Rodgers feels as though his team are returning to the performances of last season which saw them go close to the Premier League title.
“I thought we were outstanding,” Rodgers said. “Chelsea will probably be happy with the draw because we definitely deserved to win. It was a big performance from us. It is always difficult against Chelsea because they sit in a low block, the spaces are closed and, especially if you go behind, they know how to defend. They will be happier in terms of the scoreline but I am happy our performance levels are improving all of the time.
“I was confident we could win at Stamford Bridge and that has reinforced it even more. You see how good we were defensively, we were aggressive and compact and they have got top-class players. I thought the performance was a benchmark. There is no doubt we can go to the second leg and get the performance and the result we need.”
Nevertheless, it is Chelsea who are favourites to reach the Capital One Cup final and the Blues have not lost at Stamford Bridge all season.
Jose Mourinho felt his team were under-par at Anfield, especially with their usually fluent passing game letting them down.
“We recovered the ball so many times, we faced three defenders in a tactical system, with lots of space to counterattack and Eden, Willian and Diego in great positions, but we lose so many passes. Recover the ball, lose the ball. It was exactly the opposite of what happened [in the 5-0 win] against Swansea. That frustrated me.”