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Jose Mourinho reveals who will start against Walsall on Wednesday night


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that defender John Terry and striker Radamel Falcao will play against Walsall in the League Cup.

The two missed Saturday's home win against Arsenal in the Premier League but will be in the starting line-up to face Dean Smith's side.

"I don't see reasons to throw away any competition," Mourinho told the club's official website.

"A cup is a cup. A trophy is a trophy. If you lose, you lose but you don't need to throw it away.

"So yes, we look to the competition in a proper way, and I also think it's very important to respect opponents. I don't think opponents from the Championship, League One or League Two expect the big clubs to go and play against them without the best players.

"They want a big day for themselves. Imagine if we go to Walsall without any one of our most important players - even if they won I don't think the feeling would be the same. For Walsall players and Walsall supporters it's important the big teams show that respect and that commitment.

"In the FA Cup we lost against a League One club [Bradford], which can happen.

"Walsall are a good team. They are playing well and trying to be promoted. For them it's a big occasion and as I was saying, it's important to respect them and to go with a good team with the desire to win.

"[But] it's a good opportunity for the people who are not playing so much and so it's important for them that you win and you play again, because if you don't play again there are fewer opportunities for some players to play.

"Of course John's experience will help, he didn't play the last match so he is completely fresh and completely motivated to play, the same as Falcao for example.

"Chelsea is Chelsea, and wearing the Chelsea shirt always brings responsibility. Every player is more than happy to play."

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