Mourinho calls for togetherness
Jose Mourinho has called on Chelsea to end their three-match losing streak on the road by demonstrating more of the togetherness that saw them to a famous win over Paris St Germain in midweek.
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The Blues travel to Swansea on Sunday on the back of defeats to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and PSG in successive games on their travels, and need to stop the rot to keep their Barclays Premier League title hopes from receding further.
Chelsea looked much improved from those three defeats as they beat PSG 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to secure an away-goals win that tees up a Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid.
Looking ahead to the match with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, Mourinho said: "They are a good team, they play good football.
"Especially at Swansea it is never easy and Chelsea knows that better than other teams.
"They still need the three points, they are not in big danger like other teams but they still need a couple of points to stay in the Premier League and of course they will try to get points out of this game."
Eden Hazard is out with a calf injury, but Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah are available after being ineligible in Europe and Ramires is back from a three-match ban.
Striker Demba Ba could be given a first Premier League start since October at Norwich after his midweek heroics against PSG.
"People are working well and hard," Mourinho added. "The ones that are not playing so regular, all of them are being good professionals to try to be ready.
"You could see Demba as an example as a player who doesn't play a lot and was ready to try to respond.
"All of them, they were ready. They are a good group, they are good friends, they have a good relationship.
"I think when one of them goes onto the pitch he goes to help the other players."
Chelsea play at the Liberty Stadium after the weekend's crunch game at Anfield, although Mourinho does not plan to watch Liverpool versus Manchester City.
"Maybe it is a historical day for football and they both win," he said.