Jose Mourinho was humble in victory by crediting Brendan Rodgers for changing Liverpool's season around even though the Reds lost in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup.
The Special One credited his Chelsea players and the strong performance his team gave where they controlled the game. Mourinho also discussed the controversial decisions during the game, but avoided going into detail regarding those in order not to get into trouble with The FA.
Branislav Ivanovic kept his head as Chelsea edged a frenetic, ill-tempered clash with Liverpool to advance to the Capital One Cup final.
An Ivanovic header in the fourth minute of extra-time proved the difference as Chelsea responded from the humiliating FA Cup defeat to League One Bradford to advance to a first final of Jose Mourinho's second spell as boss.
Today will determine whether Chelsea or Liverpool will play in the League Cup Final at Wembley on March 1 after the completion of today's semi-final, second leg.
The first leg ended 1-1 at Anfield, so there's everything still to play for tonight. Plus for those of you who are US residents,today's Capital One Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Chelseais being televised live on US television and Internet at 2:45pm ET/11:45am PT on beIN SPORTS.
This year is going to be one of the busiest years ever for US Soccer. There are severalfriendlies against difficult opponents. Plus, there's the Gold Cup, the Women's World Cup, and the start of World Cup Qualifying for Russia 2018. And for the US Men's National Team, it all starts on Wednesday when the US plays Chile in a friendly atEstadio El Teniente in Rancagua (televised on FOX Sports 1 at 6pm ET).
Today's League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool promises to be a tense encounter with a chance that it could even go to extra time and penalty kicks given how close the margins are between both sides.
Programming note: If you live in the United States, the game is being televised on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS Español as well as being streamed live on DishWorld.
Manchester United have told vice-captain Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer.
Fletcher was a regular in Louis van Gaal's starting XI on the pre-season tour, but the arrival of Angel di Maria and Daley Blind has restricted the Scot's playing time.
Fletcher, 30, has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season and Press Association Sport understands the midfielder has been informed he is free to end his 20-year spell with the club this month if he wants to.
Lost in the news of major DP signings and the Frank Lampard fiasco is MLS' ongoing CBA negotiations. Now as teams begin preparations for the 2015 season, the war of words has begun on both sides. MLS' current structure is by no means perfect, even if the discussion on single-entity is avoided entirely.
Over the past week, much has been written about the imminent futures of Fiorentina wingerJuan Cuadradoand Chelsea players Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah, with eachplayer'sfortuneunwittingly tied together.
Chelsea need to offload salary before they can bring in another player, and Schurrle and Salah arethe players Jose Mourinho is willing to let depart from Stamford Bridge in order to complete the deal for Cuadrado.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is losing patience with Laurent Blanc and wants the manager to take a tougher line towards the players in his dressing room. The Qatari reportedly feels that Blanc has lost control of the squad and outbreaks of indiscipline are seen as a direct resultof the manager's lack of authority in the dressing room.