"The only reason to publish this so close to a big match is to serve an agenda that is intended to undermine our team."
-- A statement from Chelsea in response to reports in The Daily Mail
and The Times of London that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho
, while serving a two-game Champions League ban two years ago, hid in a laundry basket to sneak into his team's locker room.
Chelsea faces Liverpool on Wednesday in the Champions League semifinals. (Reuters)