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Jose Mourinho urges Chelsea fans: Let's make some noise

By Paul Hirst

Jose Mourinho has repeated his plea for a noisy Stamford Bridge when Chelsea play Liverpool next week for a place in the Capital One Cup final.

The Blues drew 1-1 at Anfield on Tuesday night and play the Reds in the semi-final second-leg bidding for a place in the March 1 final at Wembley.

Mourinho, who won the League Cup twice in his first spell at the club, was critical of Chelsea fans following November's win over QPR, saying he felt his side were playing in an "empty stadium".

Mourinho believes a partisan crowd can make a big difference on Tuesday against Ulsterman Brendan Rodgers' visitors.

"It was a two-leg semi-final, now it's a one-leg semi-final. That says a lot," Mourinho said.

"Two legs is difficult, Anfield is difficult," he continued.

"If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 per cent of the emotion Anfield gives Liverpool, I think we can do it.

"Liverpool, instead of 40,000 fans, they will have five or 10 (thousand).

"Chelsea, instead of 1,000, will have 40,000. I hope that can make a difference in the atmosphere."

Like Mourinho, Eden Hazard, who converted a penalty, called for the home support to create an intimidating atmosphere.

The Belgium playmaker said: "We need the support, the fans, everybody."

Hazard missed his most recent prior spot kick at Maribor and was relieved to net this time round.

"I was a little bit scared because sometimes in training in Belgium with (Liverpool goalkeeper Simon) Mignolet, he saves my penalties," Hazard added.

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