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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes a draw was fair result

By Carl Markham

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho felt Liverpool were worthy of a draw after an enthralling Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield last night.

"I think it was a really big game, we played to the top of our potential and Liverpool the same," he said.

"A proper semi-final and a fair result. Liverpool did not deserve to lose, they performed really well. We were in control but with more quality in our passing we could find space and score more goals."

And ahead of next week's return leg, he said: "I am not saying we are the favourites. The semi-final is now one leg.

"We have to win and Liverpool have to win but it is at Stamford Bridge. Some people consider the League Cup secondary but a big club like us and a big club like Liverpool respect the competition and that is good for English football.

"It's a draw. I am not as sad as a defeat, not as happy as a victory. My emotion is in the middle."

When asked if he was thinking about a cheeky bid for Steven Gerrard, who is leaving Liverpool, Mourinho replied: "Or perhaps to take him on loan?

"I would love the Premier League to keep the best players and I believe he has the quality to play for more years."

The Portuguese then refocused back on the match, continuing: "It was a bit frustrating because the way Liverpool play we recovered lots of balls, and caught them lots of times with just three defenders, but we missed lots of passes in transition."

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was happy to take a draw.

"Considering the chances they had, hitting the post (through Gerrard), it was difficult but a draw here is not bad, if we can finish it off at home," he said.

"Of course after all the chances we have to be happy with the result. They were dangerous and it was difficult for us. We were not at our best but 1-1 is good for the second leg.

"They have their new system with quick players so it wasn't easy for us.

"It was a hard game and we are happy to come away with a draw and now we have to finish the game in front of our fans."

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