Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has promised to show the utmost respect to League One side Bradford City when the two side's meet in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday (January 22), despite the 48 places that separate the two sides in the English league structure.
Premier League leaders Chelsea host Bradford, who themselves are on form in fifth place in League One, England's third tier, just four days after drawing with Liverpool in the first leg of the League Cup final on Tuesday.
Chelsea, who are also in the second round of the Champions League, are playing for four trophies this season and Mourinho says that despite the congested fixture list, his side are aiming to progress in all four competitions.
"We have two knock-out matches in three days so we can - after Tuesday - we can be in four competitions or only two. And, of course, we want to try and be in all four," he said at a news conference on Friday (January 23).
He also added that, despite the difference in league positions of the two clubs, Chelsea would be playing a strong side to progress to the fifth round.
"My team tomorrow reflects the fact that if we lose the game we are out and if we draw we have to go to Bradford and we don't want to be out and, if possible, we don't have a need for a second match against Bradford. So, the team will reflect our desire to go to the next round and will reflect the respect that Bradford deserves from us," he said.
Bradford beat second-tier Millwall 4-0 in a 3rd round replay to set up the clash with Chelsea, who beat Watford 3-0 in their game.