Mourinho’s chance to banish Anfield demons

Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho is still haunted by the Anfield “ghost goal” ahead of the first leg of the League Cup semifinal against Liverpool today.

Ten years after Luis Garcia’s controversial late winner at Anfield sealed Chelsea’s fate in the 2005 Champions League semifinal, Chelsea manager Mourinho has another chance to banish the demons.

“I have difficult memories of 2005,” the Portuguese said yesterday. “To lose a Champions League semifinal with a goal that is not a goal stays forever. You don’t forget it.”

Television replays suggested Garcia’s bundled effort did not cross the line and Chelsea went home feeling robbed while Liverpool went on to win the 2005 Champions League.

“In the League Cup there is no goalline technology,” Mourinho said.

The Chelsea manager suffered another Champions League semifinal defeat by Liverpool two years later, this time on penalties, but he has had happier moments.

Liverpool were the opposition in the 2005 League Cup final when Chelsea won 3-2, to deliver the first of the five trophies Mourinho claimed in his first spell in charge of The Blues at Stamford Bridge.

Then there was last season’s Premier League clash at Anfield, his first season back at the Chelsea helm for a second stint, when a terrible mistake by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard paved the way for a 2-0 Chelsea win, effectively scuppering the home team’s dream of winning the title.

Chelsea fans reminded Gerrard of that mistake in the 2-1 victory at Liverpool in November, but Mourinho hopes they will spare him similar treatment today.

– Reuters

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