As Luiz Felipe Scolari takes his side to Portsmouth for Wednesday evening's Carling Cup third round clash Chelsea's new manager is aiming to equal the achievement of Jose Mourinho, the more feted of his immediate two predecessors, by making The Football League's major knock-out competition the first of his trophy triumphs.

In 2004-05, Mourinho's opening campaign at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea beat Liverpool 3-2 in the Carling Final at the Millennium Stadium. Two years later they lifted the trophy again, this time by beating Arsenal 2-1, but when the Final returned to Wembley last season Blues - managed this time by Avram Grant - lost 2-1 to Tottenham Hotspur.

Following Grant's departure at the end of the season 'Big Phil' was appointed in July and soon announced his intention - as Mourinho had before him - to go all out to win every competition his team entered.

Making a clean sweep of the Carling Cup, the Premiership, the FA Cup and the Champions League has never been done, not even by the self-styled 'Special One,' but Scolari is determined to be the first manager to achieve what would be a fantastic feat.

So when he sends his team out at Fratton Park he will demand the same kind of commitment they showed in Sunday's Premiership game against Manchester United, when a battling performance saw them come from behind to draw 1-1 to sit just one point and one place in the table below leaders Arsenal.

Meanwhile Portsmouth, after three successive victories, were having a dreadful Sunday as they were being hammered 6-0 at Manchester City. So while Scolari was able to prepare for Wednesday night's Cup tie with only a couple of injuries to worry about, Pompey boss Harry Redknapp had to pick up the pieces of a massive defeat before looking to his team's next match.

Scolari is expecting Redknapp's men to bounce back immediately, however, and he will field his strongest possible team at Fratton Park though injuries will force him to make some changes from the match against United in what will be his first Carling Cup tie.

Central defender Ricardo Carvalho and midfielder Deco were both injured on Sunday, Carvalho damaging a knee just 12 minutes into the game and Deco pulling a thigh muscle in the warm-up so not kicking a ball in anger before having to leave the field.