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Jose Mourinho puts FA Cup defeat behind him

Fola Akintomide

Jose Mourinho insisted Monday that Chelsea’s stunning FA Cup exit at the hands of fourth-tier Bradford City had been consigned to history as far as he was concerned.

Mourinho, who celebrated his 52nd birthday on Monday, labelled Saturday’s 4-2 loss to League One Bradford a “disgrace” and “unacceptable” after seeing the Blues squander a 2-0 lead at their Stamford Bridge ground.

However, Chelsea will make it to a Wembley showpiece match if they come through Tuesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at home to Premier League rivals Liverpool, with the tie finely balanced at 1-1.

“The next game is the most important one,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com.

“We need to forget this one (Bradford) and start the next game in a different competition, and I know we are one victory away from playing a final.

“It’s the good thing about playing consecutive matches without many days in between.

“It’s the good thing that, when you lose, you have to focus immediately on the next game.”

The Portuguese boss added: “You don’t have a lot of time to be moaning or analysing what happened in the bad one. Let’s move and let’s think about the next one.

“At the end of May, beginning of June, we don’t go to Wembley to play the FA Cup final, that’s for sure.

“To go there and I think that should mean a lot to everyone the last chance we have is this one, to play there in the Capital One (League) Cup final.”