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Mourinho ready for tough test

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side will have to be patient against Derby in their FA Cup third round tie on Sunday.

The Rams have won eight of their past 10 games under former England boss Steve McClaren - the only defeat being Wednesday's defeat to Wigan - to sit in fourth place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mourinho reckons McClaren is capable of re-establishing Derby in the Premier League and is sending a first-choice team to the newly-named iPro Stadium.

Mourinho said: "Steve knows the football that can take him not just to the Premier League, but also to play with a certain stability if, or when, they reach the Premier League.

"A team that will play the best they can, without any kind of pressure.

"Do we lose? Do we win? Who knows? At least the message is we respect them and we go there with the best possible team.

"The next game after Derby is Hull at the weekend. We can play against Derby and have a day off on Monday.

"It's the last game of this crazy 15 days. After that things come back for normality for a couple of weeks.

"I think the players are also keen on it, to go, go with a strong side and at least tell our opponent that we are going there with maximum respect."