Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he was grateful to have new signing Alex on the bench for yesterday's 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

Mourinho said: "We came to win the game. Maybe people feel we would have come with a packed midfield and try to go home with a point. We picked an attacking side and tried to win for 85 minutes.

"I accept that when they had Peter Crouch, Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel and Fernando Torres together at the end, and I have a giant (Alex) on my bench then I send that giant in and tell him 'it is your time'. I tried to close the door then and go home with a point, and it is two points Liverpool do not get.

"I knew then that Arsenal had drawn and Manchester United lost, so then I feel the point won is justified."