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Chelsea can be new Invincibles, says Kolo Toure

ESPN staff
November 6, 2014
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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure says unbeaten Premier League leaders Chelsea can match the achievement of the Arsenal 'Invincibles' side he was part of 10 years ago.

Jose Mourinho's team have a four-point cushion at the top of the table and could extend the gap further in Saturday's early kick-off at Anfield.

The season is only 10 matches old but Toure sees signs that Chelsea can emulate Arsenal's 2003-04 season by staying unbeaten for the whole campaign.

"They have a good team and with the squad they have of course they can do it," said Toure.

"But it's not the only quality. It is about mentality. Every game is challenging and sometimes things don't go well for you but you need to be able to come back and carry on fighting.

"The season has just started. We will see. It's a great chance [for Liverpool to end the unbeaten run] but the most important thing is we want to win the game."

The roles were somewhat reversed last April when Chelsea arrived at Anfield, with Liverpool top of the table and seemingly on course for their first title since 1990.

However, things quickly unravelled as Mourinho's side stifled the hosts with a disciplined defensive display, with Steven Gerrard's slip allowing Demba Ba to race through and break the deadlock just before half-time. Willian then added a late second to spell the beginning of the end for Liverpool's title dream.

What may help them this time around is the expectation Chelsea, as league leaders and with summer signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in sparkling form, will not come to kill the game.

"It is a very important game when you think what they did to us last season," said Toure, whose defensive performance in the 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu has put him in contention to start at the expense of £20 million summer signing Dejan Lovren.

"That cost us the league and now we have the chance to beat them. I can't wait for that honestly. Every game for Liverpool you want to win and Chelsea are playing well now.

"When you play at home in a game like that it is going to be attacking teams. Chelsea attack and Liverpool attack as well. I think you are going to see a great game.

"This season they will attack, with the players they have they can't defend [all the time]. I think they will just try to score goals and we will try to score goals."

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