Oct 28, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Greenhous Meadow
ShrewsburyShrewsbury Town
1-2
Chelsea
Mangan (77')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Drogba (48'), Grandison (81' og.)
Ake (21')

Jose Mourinho praises influence of Chelsea quartet

Jose Mourinho believes that resisting the urge to take four players out of the team was crucial in Chelsea's League Cup win over Shrewsbury Town.

Jose Mourinho has claimed that resisting the urge to rest four of his Chelsea players was a key factor in a 2-1 victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

Despite electing to hand starts to a number of his fringe players in the League Cup fourth-round tie, Mourinho decided against leaving out Gary Cahill, Filipe Luis, Oscar and Didier Drogba, all of whom played in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday.

"I think I had on my four players that played on Sunday and they were an unbelievable example for others. They were absolutely brilliant," the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports.

"When you have Petr Cech and Jon Mikel Obi not playing regularly, they come here and give great example of professionalism.

"I wasn't expecting anything but a difficult match. The game was going to be difficult. I was ready for extra time."

Mourinho is looking to win the League Cup for a third time after lifting the trophy twice during his first spell in charge.

Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech during a game against a Thailand XI on July 17, 2013
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