Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that he expects a tough challenge when his side visits Swansea on Sunday.
The Blues go into the game on the back of three Premier League away defeats. However, Chelsea would be feeling good about themselves as they came back to win the second leg of the quarter final against PSG to progress to the semis.
Chelsea and Swansea both need a win in the game. Chelsea want to keep themselves strongly in contention for the title and keep the pressure high on Liverpool and Manchester City and Swansea would want to win at home to make sure they cement their place in the secure position and remain in the top flight. Currently, Swansea lie just in the fifteenth place with thirty three points.
Mourinho was careful not to overrule the opposition and praised the Welsh side.
“They are a good team, they play good football. Especially at Swansea it is never easy and Chelsea knows that better than other teams,” said the Portuguese boss.
“They still need the three points, they are not in big danger like other teams but they still need a couple of points to stay in the Premier League and of course they will try to get points out of this game.”
Despite their recent away struggles, Mourinho has stated that he is currently happy with how his team is performing and believes they are focused on securing success this season.
The 51-year-old could also look to hand striker Demba Ba his first start since October after his scoring a decisive goal in the Champions League. He praised his fringe players who he called ‘good professionals:
“People are working well and hard. The ones that are not playing so regular, all of them are being good professionals to try to be ready.
“You could see Demba as an example as a player who doesn’t play a lot and was ready to try to respond.
“All of them, they were ready. They are a good group, they are good friends, they have a good relationship. I think when one of them goes onto the pitch he goes to help the other players.”
Chelsea will face Swansea after Liverpool and City’s important match also being called a ‘title decider’. City have two games in hand on both the Merseysiders and Chelsea, but the Blues manager said he had no plans to watch the clash between Chelsea’s title rivals ahead of his own side’s match at the Liberty Stadium and joked.
“Maybe it is a historical day for football and they both win”