As the League Cup enters it’s concluding stages, Chelsea journey up north, for the second time this month, to face a Sunderland team marshalled by ex-Blue Gustavo Poyet.

The League Cup remains high on Mourinho’s list of things to do. Few fans will need reminding it was an extra time win in Cardiff that brought the Special One his first silverware at Chelsea.

After guiding his side past Swindon Town and neighbours Arsenal, Mourinho comes up against a Sunderland side that breached the Blues’ back four, three times earlier this month, a display of how-not-to defend from both teams in a 3-4 win for Chelsea.

After overturning Crystal Palace at the weekend, Mourinho is expected to rotate his team, with Ashley Cole expected to return at left back and mix up his midfield with Schurrle, Mata, Oscar, Lampard and Willian all vying to start.

Fernando Torres scored only his second Premier League goal of the season at the weekend, and Mourinho may plump for the Spainard on Tuesday in a bid to find some form ahead of the busy winter campaign.

Chelsea have beaten Sunderland in their last 6 meetings in all competitions.

In the last eight of the League Cup are Leicester City and Manchester City, who kick off the same time as the Blues. Managerless Tottenham Hotspur take on West Ham, whilst Stoke City face Manchester United on Wednesday.

It is also worth noting that indeed dreams do come true at this time of the season. Galatasary and a certain Didier Drogba were pulled from the pot to face Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 this morning. What a homecoming that’ll be.

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