Chelsea and Liverpool’s rivalry was so intense Jose Mourinho couldn’t even say the Reds’ title.
The golf equipment’ bitterness was at an all time excessive within the noughties with Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool triumphing throughout Mourinho’s time in cost at Stamford Bridge in Europe.
Liverpool knocked the Blues out of the 2005 Champions League semi-final due to Luis Garcia’s well-known ‘ghost purpose’ and went on to beat AC Milan within the remaining to elevate the trophy for the fifth time.
Mourinho’s Chelsea have been additionally unable to beat Liverpool in two group stage video games that ended goalless within the 2005/06 marketing campaign, earlier than falling to them once more within the semi-finals in 2007.
Former Chelsea captain John Terry, who gained 5 Premier League titles in west London, admitted Mourinho’s frustration at dropping to Liverpool.
Chatting with former Reds defender Jamie Carragher in 2020, he advised Sky Sports activities: “I bear in mind the crew speak Mourinho gave earlier than we performed after we gained the league [in 2005].
“I believe we have been one thing like 20 or 30 factors in entrance and he’s going, ‘there’s no manner you possibly can lose this sport towards these’.
“He couldn’t even say the title Liverpool, he couldn’t even pronounce the crew. He was like, ‘you don’t lose to those immediately, we’re so significantly better than these’. That also form of sticks there.
“It was a frustration since you at all times discovered a strategy to actually settle the sport within the away fixtures, within the huge Champions League fixtures as nicely.
“However the dwelling video games have been like, for us going into [Anfield], the ambiance was most likely the perfect I’ve skilled through the years as a participant.”
Terry believes Mourinho took a extra cautious strategy towards Liverpool as a result of he revered their gamers.
He added: “Frustration was most likely the phrase, we gained leagues and stuff like that, so I believe we felt we have been the higher facet, we simply couldn’t break you down a whole lot of the time, and bought knocked out on a few events,” he continued as Carragher listened.
“I believe he revered the gamers you had, your self, Stevie [Gerrard], I believe at instances he did change however mentally from us he was like, ‘be affected person, all through the 90 minutes or the 2 legs we’ll come by means of the higher crew or the stronger crew, so we don’t need to go on the market and win it from the outset’.
“In these video games he positively confirmed you just a little bit extra respect. I believe that’s a credit score to Liverpool and the crew you had.
“Even within the league I felt you have been quite a bit higher than what you achieved on a constant foundation yr in yr out.
“Him and Rafa had that rivalry, they hated one another actually, as a result of we got here up towards Liverpool so usually and him, it was that rivalry. He didn’t do it due to Rafa, I believe it was out of respect due to the crew you had.’”
Now the 2 groups are among the many finest within the nation and might be vying for league glory this yr. Present Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel takes his Champions League winners to Anfield, which is stay and unique on talkSPORT at 17:30 on 28 August.