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Jose Mourinho plays down significance of Eden Hazard's away goal


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard's away goal against Liverpool in the League Cup on Tuesday is not important ahead of next week's return leg.

An early penalty from the Belgium international gave the Blues the lead but was cancelled out in the second half by a Raheem Sterling individual effort.

And even though a goalless draw would be enough for Chelsea to move on to the final, Mourinho insists that his side has no advantage ahead of next week's game.

"The goals away are not important, so 0-0 is no good to us and 2-2 is no good to Liverpool," Mourinho said.

"We have to win, they have to win. It's a one-legged semi-final but obviously this time it will be played at Stamford Bridge.

"Obviously Liverpool didn't deserve to lose but I'm frustrated because we had lots of situations when we recovered the ball in a low block, facing a three-defender tactical system, with lots of space to counter attack.

"Eden [Hazard], Willian and Diego [Costa] were in great condition to attack spaces but we missed so many passes.

"We recovered the ball and then lost the ball, the exact opposite of what happened against Swansea. Then, we recovered the ball and made the right pass, the right choice.

"Tonight it was fantastic defensive work, everybody was committed and organised, recovering the ball against good players, fast players, but when we recovered the ball we were not efficient with the transitions, so to score only one goal frustrates me."

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was back in the line-up for the Blues and the Portuguese says picking the Belgium international was an easy decision to make.

"The Premier League is full of top goalkeepers but we have the two best, so for me it was easy," Mourinho said.

"To have both playing well and giving so much confidence to the team is good. I decide according to the profile of the game we are expecting.

"It's fantastic for us to have these two goalkeepers. I think the three best keepers in the world are Petr, Courtois and Neuer."

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