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Match Day Moments - (Dirty) Leeds (League Cup - a)

It`s time to put the disappointment of Sunday and the defeat in the FIFA Club World Cup Final behind us as we continue our pursuit of domestic glory.

As I`ve probably mentioned numerous times before, in the build-up, Eland Road is not a place for the faint-hearted and tonight`s fixture has that aura about it that fixtures with a history of rivalry inevitably do.

Rafa takes his tired troops to Elland Road with a trio suspended - Cahill, Ramires and Mikel - whilst Terry and Romeu are out injured. One recent absentee, Daniel Sturridge, is back in full training but won`t, we`re told, be considered (saving him for a January exit I wonder).

As usual, we`re asking you to join us, from 19:15 onwards, whereby we`ll be on hand to discuss the starting eleven, the possible tactics and all the gory action as it unfolds up in darkest Yorkshire.

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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 19 2012

Time: 4:37PM

Your Comments

Sunday still hurts to be honest...I just hope whoever is selected gives us a performance tonite...this is about the easiest cup we can win now...chelsea chelsea common!!....
layorh12
Saw a tweet about a big fight on a train (or near one) between Chelsea and Leeds supporters. I've always lived in the states and don't know much about Leeds, but in my mind I keep thinking of The Damned United and Green Street Hooligans. Whatever atmosphere I just want to see a committed performance. I hope we're up for the battle.
NBianco
Forgive me for saying this, i have a feeling we'll get knocked out of the COC tonight.... I no longer have confidence in the team to deliver when it really matters. I'm saddened and only victory tonight will cheer me up a bit but i can't see it happening.... Brace yourselves fella, be ready for the worst!!!
torvicson
Predicting the lineup today will very much be a bigger task. I will go with cech, caesar, ivanovic, luiz, bertrand, lampard, oscar, hazard, mata, piazon, torres with danny coming in early in the second half.
Chelz Akamz
Predicting the lineup today will very much be a bigger task. I will go with cech, caesar, ivanovic, luiz, bertrand, lampard, oscar, hazard, mata, piazon, torres with danny coming in early in the second half.
Chelz Akamz
i hope marin and danny start cause chelseafc.com confirmed that hes back in contention.
CFCTalal
chelseafc will win
habbo
Vilanova to undergo six-week chemotherapy treatment, seems all is not well at the camp nou, maybe pep is going back after all, wish him a quick recovery though cancer sucks!
pego sama
MARIN STARTS WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
TafChels
ITS MARIN TURN NOW. THERE HAS BEEN HAZARD SHOW, MATA SHOW AND OSCAR SHOW. NOW ITS TIME FOR MARIN SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
CMON CHELSEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
TafChels
full line ups anyone?
layorh12
MARIN STARTS well thats great! if their was any brave manager apart from sirlex and voy** wenger it's bene. hope me mate marko shows you lot who don't know him just how good he is
pego sama
WTF do you get your info from?
Simeon23
Got it...Chelsea team v Leeds Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Lampard, Oscar; Moses, Mata, Marin; Torres
layorh12
@Simeon...'ll simply ignore....terrible language...grow up a bit....
layorh12
SPN FC ‏@ESPNFC Chelsea team v Leeds Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand; Lampard, Oscar; Moses, Mata, Marin; Torres. #C
pego sama
@Simeon23, whats wrong with you!!!!???? have some respect!
pego sama
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merlin
Subs: 22 Ross Turnbull, 19 Paulo Ferreira, 3 Ashley Cole, 57 Nathan Ake, 56 George Saville, 35 Lucas Piazon, 17 Eden Hazard.
pego sama
good to see that youth players might get a chance today, hope to see Ake and Saville get a run
pego sama
This just in--- Galliani: AC Milan have received Pato offer: The Rossoneri chief has revealed there is an offer on the table for... question is could it be us!??
pego sama
When is it kicking off? And where is it going to be showed in Supersports, I hope we win
Desmondadonis
@Desmond 8.45 9ja time!! SuperSport3N
Tunez
SuperSport 3, 8.45pm
sojofjand
7:45 uk time desmond , staying up at 1 in the to watch :P
CFCTalal
sturridge is not even on d bench... then i think him to liverpool is a done deal...:)
peacockblue
Im liking the line up...attacking intent from rafa.
Ess...DaBison
Leeds, with five wins in their last six matches, lets put them in their place then by showing em the difference between a premier league club and the Championship !!!! :)
pego sama
no holding mid? a bit risky against a fired up lrival side... oh wait no its not, its just leeds
Humza_96
Lampard should start this one. Leed being a Championship team and all.
foreign_viewer
Leeds bus looks ready to park.
foreign_viewer
good to see nathan ake
Ess...DaBison
What an atmosphere this is...Its absolutely buzzing...Ear plugs guys....Singing my lungs out. Come on you blues. Ill be back on here after the game.
nelyvanile
So Sturridge has decided to leave. Chelsea politics. It's a shame.
foreign_viewer
@pego...I hope not
Blue_Mel
parking the bus my ass
Ess...DaBison
First touch from Lampard and he loses the ball in a dangerous area.
foreign_viewer
Cech's distribution is awful.
foreign_viewer
It appears am not going to watch this one,sad enough,but will be relying on you guys in here to make the comments enjoyable for me as i follow the game...thanks pal! Go Chelseaaaaa!
Ohans
foreign_viewer...you cant surely blame him for that, it was a terrible pass from ivanovic to him....he had 2 players on his shoulder, he never wanted the ball there, no player would have!
Ess...DaBison
This is a hoof-it-up-the-pitch type of game. I don't care how we win today.
foreign_viewer
It was a pass a player like Pirlo would have handled.
foreign_viewer
No he wouldnt have!
Ess...DaBison
looks like its oscar playing the deeper role not lamard!
Ess...DaBison
Betrand with a wayward pass and moses with a nice shot earlier, though it was saved well by the leeds keeper, that challenge from lamp is dangerous, we can't afford a red in this game as it is
Desmondadonis
Leeds are pressing us madly, they want us to tire out, we need to lower the tempo of this game and not play to their plan, we are the jet lagged team and luiz is doing good and manning up!
Desmondadonis
Its not a yellow me thinks, lampard needs to be careful!!
Desmondadonis
Lampard kicking. Good one. They deserve the kicking.
foreign_viewer
Ivanovic is rubbish nowadays. He has to go. A liability.
foreign_viewer
I wish mata was steven gerrard with that lovely ball from moses, he ought to shoot, he had the pace!! Why are we passing like arsenal at the leeds goal mouth? We need to test their keeper with shots and not pass leeds to death!! We need lampard out in the 2nd half, he is now scared of making a tackle after that caution from the ref, we really need a natural DM in this game
Desmondadonis
I hope Abramovic sees what he did by thining the squad.
foreign_viewer
It sees azpi is having a torrid time already.
Ohans
Lampard out for? Who is on the bench?
foreign_viewer
Mata shouldn't have started this game, he ought to have been introduced in the 2nd half damn, he can't handle this game now and I think neil warnock explicitly told his players to play act and try to win an oscar while at it
Desmondadonis
Moses keep improving.
foreign_viewer
Nice shot moses nice one, poor pass there but we are dominating this game, if we can get a goal or two, before our players burn out in the 2nd half we'll be fine
Desmondadonis
Marin is doing a good job too, nice play from both wingers today but our midfielders are not showing up in this game, they are looking so knackered!!
Desmondadonis
We are playing well. Torres should have left that for Lampard.
foreign_viewer
once again torres holding us back in this game too.....i tell ya its lke playing with 10 men!
Ess...DaBison
OSCAR IS QUALITY!!!
Ess...DaBison
Oscar is playing his heart out, he is the only one doing a decent job out of the midfield trio of him, mata and lampard, makes passes and tackles well
Desmondadonis
More of that Desmond. You are making it seem like am watching it. Doing a yoemans job,much better than goal.com's Ryan Benson.
Ohans
Ivanovic is the flop of the match, he keeps making stupid blunders and making his team mates work unnecessarily harder!! Marin, moses, luiz and oscar are chelsea best players on the pitch
Desmondadonis
RAFA OUT
The Psychic Blue l9l
lampard's positioning is messing with the team's flow. He is the problem.
abzkilla
Damn David Luiz!!! see wh He'll be a disasterin the Mid
TheIncrediblue
Thank u a lot david
obimikelisdbest
Nice save from petr cech and nice follow up from luiz, oscar and luiz interplaying well, I shot that went off target from iva over the bar, we are realing attacking at every opportunity but we need to be ruthless or else we'll soon tire out, neil warnock is probably telling his players to press us and sit deep, we need a goal quick and it will come from either moses"s wing or marin, both players have been impressive, and leeds score a very good goal from a counter attack with chelsea losing the ball through david luiz pass, they hit us on the break and we suffer yet again through lack of character and finishing
Desmondadonis
Embarassing to the MAX!
Blue_Mel
Can someone take Lampard off?
Blue_Mel
Well, I haven't logged in since Rafa was hired but it's about time. We do have an incredibly good team but no decent striker.... and yeah Rafa is not a winner... he lacks the winning mentality that Jose instilled in this team.
Blue in Colorado
Luiz back to his old ways as soon as he's back on english soil!
Ess...DaBison
This is ridiculous.. our attacking half don't know what to do with all these possessions... Messed up
TheIncrediblue
Mata should go out and we need hazard in the midfield along with that saville of a lad, lamps isn't making any tackles due to his yellow card and oscar creativity is being wasted in the pivot, he is the one making worthy passes, the score line is still leeds 1-0 chelsea
Desmondadonis
The goal was not only Luiz's fault. Yes, he took the ball out of position but no one came to him to ask for the ball... and when he ventured forward, there should have been a defensive midfielder to sit back and cover for him. The whole team was at fault for that one.
Blue in Colorado
That was some sucker punch ...against the run of play ... we were dominating in the minutes before that goal .... why was Luiz so far forward ????
ZeeNut
4 cups gone......
NicciBoy
Nice shot from lampard and torres is a joke of a striker, azpi is wasteful and we need to caution our players to be more calm in front of goal, we have space behind the leeds back 4 but we are not utilizing it at all, manutd will be enjoying that space if they are the one playing! Lovely finish by moses but was chalked off as offside
Desmondadonis
I don't really care if we loose this game... I just wan't Torres and Benitez out ! Sick of it all...
Strapping Blue
Very marginal offside , if at all ... bad luck as Moses did well to score
ZeeNut
Between this has nothing to do with Lampard man. He's playing well apart from the rough tackles ..the fact is that our attacking half.. from Mata - Torres are our big problems.. we are not making good use of our opportunities.....
TheIncrediblue
El Diouf's crosses are really good .... the guy is still good enough to be in the Premier League
ZeeNut
des; its lampard. Mata has no space and has to act as a false 9 because lampard is always in his position. Oscar is playing his balls off cause he is covering for lamps. Its no surprise that when lampard is in the pivot we have no control on the flow of the game via the midfield.
abzkilla
Whose the most selfish between Lampard and Sturridge?
Blue_Mel
Damn! We cant afford another loss, whats the problem? Who needs to be subbed off and who needs to come on?
Ohans
Torres is part of the problem today, he is not bullish enoughn he aint holding up play at all, and have not won any area ball, no shot on target from him either and its frustrating, we are in the 45th minute now
Desmondadonis
All keepers become world class when they paly Chelsea. Why is that?
foreign_viewer
Lampard OFF!!!!! - new swear word
Blue_Mel
Between Oscar and Lampard no one is defending. Both of them are at the edge of the box. One more than the other ofcourse, as usual.
foreign_viewer
i don't want to sound like a prophet of doom but i have to say it. Let forget about winning anything this season...it won't happen.
torvicson
Torvic... im beginning to think you might be right
Blue_Mel
The problem is their keeper.
foreign_viewer
@abzkilla, I am not a fan of lampard playing in the pivot but don't u think he is our only threat at goal? He played 3 shots on target with that nasty free-kick just now, we need mata off for saville, and lampard to be in the no.10 with oscar in the pivot with saville, why I said oscar should stay in the pivot is that he can still make tackles and he his better at it than lamps and he is still clean from cards, if we play mata for 90 mins we'll concede more, he is offering nothing at all in this game, push lamps upfront to CAM, saville and oscar in the pivot and marin and moses should be more incisive with their crosses and commit the defenders for a penalty appeal, we'll need to change early and saville and hazard are my candidates, hazard for marin in the 70th minute, saville for mata are our best options to salvage something from this game in my own opinion
Desmondadonis
Same eleven in second half. We will score.
foreign_viewer
Moses is not taking on any players he passes back to Ryan who passes to lamps who passes to David. If lamps plays 90min and we loose he is a curse. Torres needs a mate upfront not a side kick.
shaka09
Blue_Mel, weren't you the one all for Lampard last season?
foreign_viewer
If only we had Lukaku to power through Leeds.
foreign_viewer
I dont think its torres. Our passing is slow. Lampard keeps calling for the ball and keeps sending it back when he has no shot. rafa should grow a pair and introduce rami for lamps. Its a shame that oscar has to be the one cleaning up rather than penetrating upfront
abzkilla
Luiz back to his nonsense again and Brana is having a real stinker
Nobleonenoble
Ivanovic has declined. He along with all the over 30s should go.
foreign_viewer
If you guys were paying attention on the goal, Oscar left his man, (the goal scorer) to press the attacker with the ball. This left the man totally unmarked....Oscar's solely to blame on the goal...It has nothing to do with David Luiz...If David brings the ball forward everyone from U-8 on up knows that one of the midfielders has to fall back into the center back position. This of course didn't happen as you have a two ACM in the pivot...Not getting down on anyone but typical for Chelsea as they control the game and can't score...then give up one single change to the opposition and they score...it just shows that Chelsea has a weak midfield with players out of position. Also Torres is invisible...
lamarochs
We can't seem to play quality football in the opponents half and the team seem to have lost confidence in Torres, the only person passing to him is cech
Nobleonenoble
I worry we might lose this game too.. I worry,cos things aren't going our way at all plus we aren't helping ourselves too ..
TheIncrediblue
In addition to Torres being called offside on that would-have-been-equaliser, Moses was also unlucky on the penalty appeal . Anyone thinks the Ref's are out to get us post-Clattenberg ?
ZeeNut
A very much bigger task for chelsea in the second half. Mata needs to go off and bring in hazard. If we dont equalise in the first 20minutes of the second half then its game over cos our players would tire out faster than theirs with them hitting us on the break.
Chelz Akamz
i agree that he had several shots on goal. Those shots do not make up for the teams display.
abzkilla
Lampard still gets the bland when it was another players fault for the goal. Just shows that many on here hates Lampard more then they like Chelsea. Mabye they even don like Chelsea they Only hate lampard.
Lakupiippu
We just can't seem to get through the back line. There's no doubt we have quality, we just can't seem to execute it in the final third. I can't see us winning this one guys.
NicciBoy
im for any player that earns his wage.. Time goes on and players get older..Lampard seems to think hes still a youngster
Blue_Mel
hope at last
abzkilla
Brilliant Goal !! 1-1 !!
ZeeNut
That's better now!!!! Great team goal!
NicciBoy
Oscar is our very own Xavi.
foreign_viewer
Now play on the counter. Slow it down.
foreign_viewer
How weak is Torres as a man. Defenders push him around all the time.
foreign_viewer
i dont hate lampard. and i didnt blame him for the goal. i criticised him for his inability to help the team dictate the tempo. His shirt passes connect but his positioning ( when attacking ) is restricting others.
abzkilla
F-V. No, we're better than this team, much better. Take the game by the throat and boss it. Their ass will collapse. We give them the ball and let them play at home, they'll come out on top.
NicciBoy
*short
abzkilla
It's good to know you can always dial 9-Juan-Juan when we get in trouble.
Blue in Colorado
With the rain pouring, Lampard and Ivanovic playing I say it levels things up.
foreign_viewer
Torres is lost again. Out of sync. Playing his own private game.
foreign_viewer
Marin is an intelligent player that will easily bench both moses and hazard if fit, I like his wing play, he can only improve from what he is currently playing, we need to get the 2nd goal quick
Desmondadonis
Another penalty denied? What is wrong with the refs. Cant they just forgive us? Lolz..! Hopeful we can turn this one around on its head.
Ohans
That was just a great save..... Nothing else about it.
NicciBoy
Good change Rafa..... Just what we need.
NicciBoy
Betrand is improving now, and rafa is a moron of a coach, marin was better upfront than both torres and moses, he ought to remove moses not marin, but I guess he felt marin wasn't fit enough to complete a game and moses all round play keeps him on the pitch
Desmondadonis
i will always agree with that des. marin is a talented footballer. hopefully his fitness becomes less of an issue. i like his style.
abzkilla
Hazard for Marin ..... fair enough as Marin did not look all that sharp , nor was he tracking back quickly. Needs another 3-4 games like this & he should be up to speed.
ZeeNut
Yh well why not shoot....torres wasnt going to!
Ess...DaBison
Iva makes it 2-1!!
ZeeNut
Now thats more like it!
pego sama
And Moses makes it 3-0 with a stunner
ZeeNut
Victor now surely gives us a victory!! 3-1
The Psychic Blue l9l
3-1 that is :-)
ZeeNut
Moses... my boy
Blue in Colorado
Been very, very impressed with Moses this game. Deserves that goal. Seems a real talent.
NicciBoy
Now that's more like it!
pego sama
What a goal from moses, what a strike!!! Who would have thought he can finish that way wow!!!! And I was angling for him to be removed instead of marin!!!
Desmondadonis
moses goal and celebration look familiar.remind me of someone.guess who?
Chelsea n Torres Fan
Juan Mata is absolute world-class. Such a great player. He has the potential to be the best player to ever wear our jersey.
NicciBoy
Moses hits target at last, good goal, hope to see more of that from him....
Latunvic
Lampard's corner was perfect for the 2nd goal .... and Iva's run perfect (he was being closely marked all the way). For the 3rd Moses turned inside from the left chanel & went for it .... bang .... that simple :-)
ZeeNut
Marko being replaced by Hazard. Is Mata playing well now or does he deserve being the 2nd player to be subd off?
Ohans
Okay Rafa, maybe take on cole now to wrap things up.
NicciBoy
Marrine is an epileptic imbecile for givng ryan that yellow card! A nice but weak shot from haZard
Desmondadonis
@ohans, mata is playing a bit better now but hazard impact have been immediate and immense, we are playing much better and can score more, but I prefer we rest moses now and bring in piazon
Desmondadonis
Who needs hulk?? Mosses is quality and his potential to improve looks immense, more accuracy like that and he'll look like a real bargain!
pego sama
I think when Rafa leaves at the end of the season he should take his little chihuahua Poorress with him!
Ess...DaBison
Cole on for Betrand
ZeeNut
Cole comes in for injured ryan betrand, we have only one more sub to make and I hope its piazon or saville, one of the youngsters for 10minutes will be good
Desmondadonis
Lampard being on a card, maybe the the 3rd sub should be for him
ZeeNut
Nice show of character by the lads i guess. I believe we can hang on to this or maybe add to it.
Ohans
Torress is awful....he looks like he doesnt know what football is
Ess...DaBison
Torres is just not good enough.... not good enough for this midfielders at his disposal. I can't believe he's the 6th highest paid in the world!
Blue in Colorado
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pego sama
4-1 Hazard ... what a breakaway move !!
ZeeNut
What a pass from Luiz..... class! beauty of a pass....
Latunvic
Piazon on for Mata now!
Ess...DaBison
Hazard raced up front & called for the pss, Luiz made the long pass beautifully
ZeeNut
nonsense Torres scores a useless ******** goal
Blue in Colorado
Here"s your boy again scoring useless goals.... Torres!
TheIncrediblue
POOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEESSSSSS!!
Ess...DaBison
And TORRES !!!! 5-1 !!!
ZeeNut
Assist : Hazard !!
ZeeNut
Leeds deflated, nice. Neil Warnock gets what he deserves. Double nice.
foreign_viewer
Poorres messes up our offense again
Ess...DaBison
Last sub is Paolo on for Mata
ZeeNut
like jimmy flloyd said...."He doesnt score any important goals"
Ess...DaBison
Am now more than 200% convinced that this chelsea team is a counter Attacking side we defend better and attack better when we set up like that, hope the coaching staff have seen that and build on it!
pego sama
Paolo for real!
TheIncrediblue
If our guys had shown this level of commitment against Corinthians I'm sure we would have won the CWC... They playing like wounded lion, whatever Rafa said to them in the dressing room really worked....
Latunvic
Azpi pushed up on the right wing, Paolo Ferreira playing RB methinks
ZeeNut
Nando has to go from january 1, I can't believe he fluffed some chances and pass today, all he keeps doing is getting fortuitous goals, that nice pass from luiz to hazard won't be scored if it was torres, I am sure of it
Desmondadonis
What is the thinking behind bringing in paulo ferreira in the last 5 mins when you are up 5 goals when there are younger players who could benefit feck benitez
Anarchy
Thanks for the update Desmond...you re really making the thread enjoyable. And Zeenut,thumbs up!
Ohans
Oscar ran that midfield tonight....MOTM!!!!
Ess...DaBison
We took this game seriously & it paid off
ZeeNut
Thank goodness for that
Nobleonenoble
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS WE WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TafChels
good! another chance to win something as favourite's hope we learn to win such, thats what gave the past chelsea teams expirence to finally win the champs league
pego sama
I wonder if we do end up getting Falcao in January if Rafa will play him or keep him stuck on the bench in favour of giving his chihuahua the run!
Ess...DaBison
A piazon or Saville sub would have made much sense. Anyways...nice mauling there by the team. Thats what quality bench can do.
Ohans
If Mata doesn't bail us out, who else can? We need some one else who can make things happen when Mata is having an off day... Torres still remains a liability. Good win!
Latunvic
Thanks oHANS .....
ZeeNut
Luiz was immense tonight hope he keeps it up. Is Marin the most supported player after Torres?
shaka09
this victory has cheered me up a bit... I can now sleep soundly tonight.
torvicson
Leeds can have no complaints in the end. Chelsea deserved the win. Neil Warnock's side worked hard throughout, competed with the Blues in the first half and sensed a shock at the break but ultimately the quality of Mata, Hazard, et al shone through.
pego sama
Moses was ok tonight, the problem is that like Hazard, he doesn't show up against strong opponents...
Latunvic
Rafa Benitez takes time to congratulate every one of his players on the pitch. He is a happy manager tonight after a committed and ultimately ruthless display from his side.
pego sama
I wonder why Torres has become such an irrecoverable crap. We really do need a major addition upfront come january. Falcao would have a field day against this Leeds defenders
Ohans
Marin did not exactly impress me, he did not look all that fast, but he showed some nice touches so i feel if he gets an extended run that brings him up to speed, he can be very useful on the wing. Moses looked good throughout, so also Oscar. Lamps looked really fired up & some of his attempts on goal (though arguably he could have looked to pass) reminded me of the old Lamps. Luiz was great apart from a 10 minute spell when he ventured too far out every so often & got badly rapped for it by Leeds with their opening goal. Iva was terrific as an attacking threa on corners. Players did not show much jet lag, credit to them & the staff.
ZeeNut
Tale of two halves - We looked dreadful in the first! Perhaps Rafa got something right and had a decent team talk at HT. Lamps was MOTM, Moses looked great throughout and Eden was excellent once on.
UpTheChelsea
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard: "We upped it in the second half. We were slow in the first but when we played with pace, you could see the difference. We had a word with ourselves at half time and the early goal gave us an impetus to go on and win it. Every trophy is a big deal for us, when we look back after our careers finish, we will look back on all our trips to Wembley."
pego sama
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata: "It is tough to play against a team like Leeds. Maybe we did not have enough time to rest but we showed the desire to win the trophy in the second half. It is a difficult stadium to play in, they have a physical team."
pego sama
Oscar, my man of the match
SameX
Zeenut, I agree about Marin. But in his defense he doesn't have any match fitness/experience at all of late. That pass from Luiz was quite bad, but he really doesn't deserve the blame for the goal. It's not as if he just left his position. He carried the ball forward. It's basic football that a midfielder needs to drop to cover and Oscar did a terrible job of it. Iva coulda done much better as well defending that break.
UpTheChelsea
The one match this season that i wasnt ready to raise my expectations too high turned out to produce the best second half display that chelsea have played this season. Whatever rafa the interim gaffer told them at half time really worked wonders. The only negative in this match was torres. Even tough he finally got a goal, i would still insist that this is his worst display along with his performance against west brom. He was too awful. However i really enjoyed the match and am happy the girlie striker atleast got his goal.
Chelz Akamz
Swansea in te semis
TafChels
Swansea in the Semis, confirmed
TafChels
LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW Chelsea v Swansea Bradford v Aston Villa
pego sama
I can now go to bed happy. Any of Swansea,Villa,Bradford will be a surmountable. Lets wait and see who we'l get in the draw
Ohans
Swansea? The hardest of them all. The winner of that tie should get the cup
Ohans
Rafa great tactician,does the business.
THEBREEZE
Swansea That's a tough one, they always make things hard for us but we should be to strong for them, predicting a final with Aston villa.
pego sama
Marin was not fully fit but you could see he is a wise player that understands the game
SameX
THEBREEZE Shame he didn't do his business in Club World Cup...
Luna
Swansea wont be a problem.
SameX
I can't wait to hear fecking Neil Warnock's reactions
Cobham78
Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez: "Swansea are a good team and we have to do well in a semi-final of any competition. They like to play football, on the floor and it will be interesting. The team was good in the first half, their goalkeeper was doing well. The reaction in the second half was fantastic, especially with travelling back from Japan and having jet lag. We were looking for character and the reaction was so good, we have to consider it for the future. Every competition is important for us and a top side like us has to win every competition. To know the players and spend time with them is important. I was really pleased with the time we spent together in Japan. I was comfortable with the job from the first day and I will try my best until the end."
pego sama
Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "If Tom Lees' header goes in, it will be different game. To concede so early, you will be in trouble. They took over and we could not cope. I am pleased with the lads and the crowd were fantastic. It should be like this every week. When we scored, I have never heard anything like it. I have no complaints. It was disappointing to concede so early. We played some good football tonight, it was a great cup-tie and the officials were super. If it was not for Rafa, I would not have had such a good time at Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United, so I owe him really.
pego sama
Steven Kiesling for torres will do i think! he looks like a top finisher
pego sama
will play the first leg at Stamford Bridge, before heading to the Liberty Stadium for the return a fortnight later.
pego sama
@pego i think the semis is a single game at wembley...
layorh12
Good game by the Boys today.
Dwonder
no the semis are two legged in the capital one cup @layorh12
TafChels
@layorh12 no its not!
Ess...DaBison
@layorh12 you think wrong!!!
Ess...DaBison
RAFA!!! The best coach we had after Mourinho and we got him for free!
NikolaTesla
@Nikole Tesla Are you on drug?
BluesArmy
Rafa did get it right.The only difference between tonight and Sunday was we took our chances tonight and didn't Sunday.Leeds had more shots on target than Corinthians.It must have been Fernando's worse display in a Chelsea shirt,terrible control.
THEBREEZE
Hat off to Rafa tonight guys, he got it right. It's the manager's job to get a second half performance out a team like that and he done it. Great team selection and subs as well. Well played Rafa!
NicciBoy
If you are not racist, hater and a kid you must admit Rafa is excellent manager. Who is better than him that we could get at the end of season. Please don't say Pep. I'll say it again how is Barca doing without Pep. It is not RB fault that Torres can't hit the net.
NikolaTesla
We get Falcao! If it is true. http://www.nationalturk.com/en/chelsea-transferradamel-falcao-refuse-real-madrid-and-accept-chelsea-offer-breaking-news-30582
NikolaTesla
you cant call Rafa a good manager off the back of this result. This is the type of game you would have to believe we SHOULD win
Blue_Mel
shlok . make your point without swearing ? without being abusive??
Blue_Mel
Shlok27....... Wow..... I believe everyone is entitled to an opinion but what you just said was ridiculous.
NicciBoy
shlok27 sums up this forum, what kind of fans swear upon his own player so he can't play anymore, broke Torres leg, really? you sir are a very pathetic human being, it's human like u that should get the 21 december apocalypse, u're a disgrace to chelsea fans and this forum
chelsea44
and it's been a difficult half a year for us, transfer window is coming, we need to reinforce the squad, so cmon let's enjoy the win and stop complaining and bitching around people
chelsea44
well... v l certainly make the finals... though swansea are a good team i dont think dey can beat us over 2 legs
peacockblue
Wow!a vintage chelsea perfmance,hope we go on rampage henceforth
Ken4CFC
thanks guys for the correction....so its over two legs..makes it better for us....
layorh12
chelsea44 yaa im disgrace if i swear upon a player who i dont think have any chelsea spirit at all....he doesnt care about chelsea so why should i care about...because of that one person the who club is suffering why should the whole club suffer let him suffer alone....yaa wotever i said is complety wrong and i shouldnt said it...but i cant see my club going through this bad phase because of one person who is getting chance after chance at the cost of other so that he comes in form which he wont come at all....to make one person happy why are we ruining the whole club season....
shlok27
Shlok27, calm down mate, just calm down, torres would either hit the bench cum january or sold off, we all know he is not doing a great job for us and most of our problems this season is just because of him, I really hope we get a better replacement that will fire us up
Desmondadonis
Oscar is a special player
SameX
I love his heart and passion. He can be the future vice-captain like Lamps.
SameX
Even Lamps enjoyed playing along side him in the pivot.
SameX
@Desmond yaa i will...but cant see some players get special teatment at chelsea just bcause they have huge price tag...even tought they fail to deliver...now its seems if you have big price tag than you can get first team chance and if you dont have then you to wait for your chance which you dont get at all...i think now we should cut those crap talk of players should fight for their place to get in the first team....this system doesnt exist at chelsea...if you have big price tag then you automatically get in first team...or else get waste in te bench..
shlok27
 

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