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Jose Mourinho admits regret over Steven Gerrard after stroll

Swansea 0-5 Chelsea

By Miguel Delaney

The Chelsea fans' notorious chant about Steven Gerrard slipping in their team's climactic 2-0 win over Liverpool last April could be heard again on Saturday during the Blues' exceptional 5-0 victory at Swansea City. Jose Mourinho said afterwards he does not like the chant and that there is no need to sing it.

And asked his opinion of the Anfield legend ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Liverpool, the Chelsea manager said Gerrard made "the right decision" in staying at Anfield rather than joining Chelsea in 2005.

In what could be perceived as a jibe at Frank Lampard - who scored for Manchester City against Chelsea in his first meeting with his former team - Mourinho declared his approval of the Liverpool captain's comment that he would never score against the club he has served so well.

"Historical player for Liverpool, historical player for the Premier League," Mourinho said of Gerrard.

"An opponent that I always admired and respect, a song that my fans have that I don't like at all.

"A couple of times it's good fun but to go and go and go, especially when a player like him deserves respect, I think we don't need that.

"I love the quotes where he was saying that in this life he would never, ever score against Liverpool.

"I love these words. I understand why he was almost, almost, almost coming to Chelsea and he didn't and I respect that a lot."

Nevertheless, Mourinho admitted that missing out on signing Gerrard was one of his greatest disappointments in the transfer market.

"I was dreaming of (playing Claude) Makélélé, Gerrard and Lampard. We were playing in an open triangle without a No 10, we were playing with Maka in front of the defenders. We did everything to try. It was almost there. The decision was, I think for me, proven right because (Gerrard) will be a red forever now.

"His people were open to it, and the feeling to join a top side like Chelsea at that time, but to me personally he never said, 'I will go', never ever."

Chelsea are still on track for an unprecedented quadruple after routing the Swans.

Four goals came in the opening 36 minutes - the first after 49 seconds from Oscar's cool 20-yard shot.

Cesc Fabregas' 15th assist of the league season set up Diego Costa's first goal, and the striker then seized on poor defending to score his 17th of the campaign.

Costa's cut-back allowed Oscar to net Chelsea's fourth with ease. The only surprise was it took Chelsea until the 79th minute to net again, with Andre Schurrle tapping Branislav Ivanovic's cross into an empty net.

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