Chelsea gaffer, Jose Mourinho is hoping the sacrifice of staying in the north this week will result in another campaign-defining victory at Bolton.
Mourinho’s side have virtually won the title twice at the Reebok and this time, the The Oilers will go into the game knowing three points on Wednesday evening could haul them level with leaders Manchester United.
United took the lead against the champions on Sunday only for Ricardo Carvalho to salvage a point, denying Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the comfort of a six-point cushion and the psychological importance of keeping up with ManYoo has raised the stakes of the clash at Bolton, which, as Arsenal fully know, it’s not an easy place to get a win.
"Bolton is a difficult game," Mourinho said. "They have good morale after beating Arsenal last weekend, but we are ready for it. It is always difficult to play there but I can say it is my pitch because it is where I was English champion for the first time and took a big step to become champion the next season."
Chelsea will be acclimatised to their surroundings after deciding to stay on in Manchester following Sunday’s draw, rather than travel back to London.
"We have sacrificed a little bit of time with our families to try to play these two important games to the maximum of our qualities," Mourinho added in the London Evening Standard.
"We are staying in Manchester for four days, to rest and eat well and prepare for the game, because it is another important one for us." Mourinho could partner Didier Drogba and Andriy Shevchenko again in attack, even though the Ukraine striker has looked far from his best this season. [Mof Gimmers]