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Wed 09 Jan 2013 19:45 (Attendance: 40,172)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY

Another game, another competition, and it's an all-Premier League contest for a place at Wembley. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton focus on the first 90 minutes…


TALKING POINTS
Tonight Chelsea start our 11th League Cup semi-final tie as we strive to lift the trophy for the fifth time in our history. Only Liverpool (10 wins) and fellow last-four side Aston Villa (five) have lifted the tri-handled trophy on more occasions.

The weekend FA Cup win at Southampton was the sixth game in which the Blues have registered five or more goals this season, and matched the 5-1 scoreline recorded at Leeds in the previous round of the Capital One Cup.

Chelsea's other action in this competition to date has resulted in a 5-4 victory over Manchester United and a 6-0 demolition of Wolverhampton Wanderers, producing a remarkable total of 16 goals scored.

KEY STAT
This is the furthest Swansea have ever reached in the League Cup.


It was widely reported that Frank Lampard equalled 1980/90s icon Kerry Dixon's tally of 193 goals in all competitions at the weekend to go level second on the club's all-time list.

Less prevalent was mention that at the same time he also drew level with top scorer Bobby Tambling with 25 FA Cup strikes. (A fact of which even our history-making no.8 himself was unaware.)

Lampard has never played against Swansea for Chelsea but was on loan with them while at West Ham in 1995/96, making nine appearances and scoring once.

He was injured in early November when we drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium and an unused substitute in the 4-1 plucking of Brendan Rodgers' Swans in September 2011.

January signatory Demba Ba is the only member of the Blues' squad to taste defeat against the Welshmen recently - he scored in a 1-2 loss for Newcastle United at St James' in mid-December.

Ba

Ba's scoring debut at St Mary's made him only the 12th player in Chelsea history to net two or more on an official debut, and it is a list featuring many of the club's elite (see below). Just two men have bettered that opening brace: the legendary 'Gatling Gun' George Hilsdon hit five against Glossop in 1906 and amateur forward Seamus O'Connell scored a hat-trick in our title-winning season, 1954/55, but, uniquely, still ended up on the losing side.

Players to score two goals or more on debut
Jan 2013 Demba Ba Southampton (FA Cup a) W 5-1
Aug 1983 Kerry Dixon Derby (Div 2 h) W 5-0
Sep 1982 David Speedie Oldham (Div 2 h) W 2-0
Dec 1964 Peter Osgood Workington (League Cup h) W 2-0
Oct 1954 Seamus O'Connell (3) Man Utd (Div 1 h) L 5-6
Oct 1947 Bobby Campbell Aston Villa (Div 1 h) W 4-2
Sep 1947 Jimmy Bowie Sunderland (Div 1 a) W 3-2
Dec 1937 Sidney Bidewell Huddersfield (Div 1 h) W 3-1
Feb 1920 Buchanan Sharp Blackburn (Div 1 h) W 2-1
Nov 1919 Jack Cock Bradford Park Ave (Div 1 h) W 4-0
Sep 1906 George Hilsdon (5) Glossop (Div 2 h) W 9-2
Oct 1905 Frank Pearson Lincoln (Div 2 a) W 4-1

 

Ba became the first overseas Blue to hit two on debut and the first player to do so in the FA Cup. He is only the third to manage a brace in an opening bow away from home.

Saturday was not the first match in which the Senegal international scored on his full club debut. He struck twice for West Ham in a 3-3 draw at West Brom in February 2011.

Rafael Benitez has already acknowledged his pleasure at now having two strikers hitting goals, allowing him to select one, the other or both.

He is also delighted with the reaction of his team to the shock and disappointment of losing to QPR the last time we played at the Bridge. The team is learning, he believes, that at the highest level of football focus is required all the time.

This is a lesson for several new players drafted in during the summer and still adapting to the Premier League. It is not just that that matches come around every three days - and with Southampton's visit scheduled by the Premier League for next Wednesday there can be no let-up on that until early February.

For some arrivals from abroad it is the first season without a winter break. Others - David Luiz for instance - may be playing in a more energy-sapping role than before.

Impressive Swansea manager Michael Laudrup bemoaned the fact his side drew with Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday, requiring a replay on Wednesday 16 January - in the middle of these two semi-final legs against the Blues.

Of course the two legged nature of this semi-final may have some bearing on who prevails. Chelsea will aim to take an advantage to South Wales and hopefully a clean sheet.

The Blues' squad has more experience of what is required to reach cup finals, although in this competition they have not managed that for five seasons.

Laudrup has been lavished with praise this season, though his side have won just a third of the 21 Premier League matches he has been in charge, scoring 31 but conceding 26.

This first leg will come too soon for John Terry, who has been training fully and may see some action for the U21s team on Thursday. Depending on his reaction he could join the squad travelling to Stoke at the weekend.

The second leg of this tie is at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday 23 January. Away goals scored in either game will only count double on the completion of any extra time that may be required.

The winners will play Aston Villa or Bradford City in the final at Wembley on Sunday 24 February. The League Two club defend a 3-1 lead in the second leg at Villa Park on Tuesday 22 January.

KEY TWEET
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PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY

Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton conclude their prelude to tonight's cup encounter…

TACTICAL BRIEF
Chelsea aim to take an advantage to south Wales in two weeks' time. We look at how they might make that happen tonight.

Key battles
Demba Ba impressed in the game at Southampton and not just when hitting the net himself - he was in frame when each goal was scored, an indication of the hunger and bravery Chelsea have acquired with him.

The aerial threat of the 6ft 2in striker allows Chelsea to consider crossing the ball more than has been the case this season, and interim boss Rafael Benitez must hope the new striker's instant impact will inspire Fernando Torres to greater heights too.

The Spaniard scored a fine opening goal against Swansea in the 4-1 league win here at the Bridge last season, but was dismissed 10 minutes later for a dangerous tackle.

Michael Laudrup's side tend not to pass the ball out from the back as dogmatically as under predecessor Brendan Rodgers but the rearguard remains the weak link in their team.

Chico is a wily and intelligent defender but he likes to rove forward creating gaps in their centre. Angel Rangel is a combative right-back who could cause problems down Chelsea's left, though he is not the most disciplined - and is the Swans' most cautioned player this season.

Neither side is likely to field their first-choice keeper. Petr Cech remains sidelined and Gerhard Tremmel, 34, has been preferred to Michel Vorm in every round of the Capital One Cup so far.

Fatigue might be an issue in this tie after a gruelling festive period. Arsenal almost turned the FA Cup game at the Liberty Stadium around after a spell when Swansea began defending deeper, lost battles for the second ball and made basic technical errors.

However, Chelsea's recent schedule has been even more testing and Benitez rested one or two players at Southampton.

Laudrup drafted in Dwight Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley, Nathan Dyer, Sung-Yong Ki on Sunday. Star striker Michu (pictured below) began the afternoon on the bench. Their top scorer duly opened the scoring two minutes after coming on, from a Danny Graham lay-off. Graham had all the time in the world to fire Swansea's later equaliser.

The arrival of Michu has facilitated the biggest changes under Laudrup from the previous regime. They can play more directly than before and the Danish manager does not ask his wide men to hug the flanks as rigidly. Their style relies on incisive through-balls to the frontmen and Chelsea's central midfield pair will have to work hard to stifle that supply line.

Ivanovic and Michu

Swansea have won three of their last five away league matches; Chelsea's distinctly mixed recent performances on the Fulham Road include an 8-0 victory and a 0-1 defeat.

QPR achieved the latter through 10-man defending and a wonderful strike by ex-Blue Shaun Wright-Phillips. Equal responsibility for the setback could be laid at the feet of the Chelsea team, who started with a lack of intensity and energy, rallied too late but could not hit the net with any of 23 shots.

Of concern to Benitez will be that his side has conceded first the last three matches. However, he knows that Swansea have yet to encounter the full force of the Blues' attacking threat from midfield this season - David Luiz and in-form Juan Mata both missed our 1-1 draw in November. Both may have a crucial role to play tonight.

Squad fitness news
Petr Cech (thigh) and John Terry (knee), plus long-term absentee Oriol Romeu, are the players unavailable through injury for Chelsea.

There are no reported injury concerns for Swansea.


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WE HAVE HISTORY
Chelsea and Swansea have met only once before in cup competitions.

It was the fourth round of the League Cup in the 1964/65 season. Chelsea were second in Division One, one point behind leaders Manchester United.

Swansea Town, as they were called then, were 19th out of 22 in the old Second Division but equal bottom on points. They finished last that season and were relegated.

The Swans had not won outside Wales in eight months and arrived with stiffly defensive tactics and an unsubtle offside trap. The lack of endeavour looked flawed when 20-year-old Dennis Brown (in his last appearance for the club) fired the Blues ahead after 13 minutes, but the Welshmen rallied to equalise through Keith Todd while Chelsea were down to 10 men through Allan Harris's injury.

George Graham (pictured below) restored Chelsea's lead by swivelling on the edge of the box and sweeping past Ronnie Briggs from the edge of the box to ensure a 2-1 half-time lead.

Graham Chelsea

Again the dogged visitors replied, this time through Herbie Williams and as the last 10 minutes approached and a replay looked increasingly likely Peter Bonetti was the busier goalie.

Then Graham rose to meet a cross and planted the ball past Briggs to break Welsh hearts.

The win would prove historic. In the next round against Workington, a young Peter Osgood would make his debut. The good run continued and the Blues went on to become London's first winners of this trophy, beating Leicester 3-2 in the two-leg final.


League Cup 4th round, 11 November 1964 Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 3 - 2 Swansea Town
Referee Dennis Smith
Attendance 5,979

Chelsea
Peter Bonetti, Ian Watson, Allan Harris, John Hollins, John Mortimore, Ron Harris, Bert Murray, Dennis Brown, George Graham, Terry Venables (c), Bobby Tambling.
Manager Tommy Docherty
Scorers Graham 2, Brown

Swansea
Ron Briggs, Brian Hughes, David Ward, Eddie Thomas, Michael Johnson, Herbert Williams, Brian Evans, Albert Harley, George Kirby, Keith Todd, James McLaughlin
Manager Trevor Morris
Scorers Williams, Todd


Chelsea have scored 10 goals in our last two home games against Swansea.

We have only hosted Swansea 11 times (10 league, one League Cup), won seven, drawn three and lost one.

The Swans only win at Stamford Bridge came in our first ever meeting in November 1925. Billy Hole, Jack Fowler and Len Thompson were the visitors' scorers in their 3-1 win. Harry Wilding scored for the Blues.


Chelsea v Swansea in all competitions
Games played 22
Chelsea wins 9
Swans wins 5
Draws 8


Biggest win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Swansea- 06/12/1983
Chelsea 1-3 Swansea - 21/11/1925


DAYS SINCE
Chelsea lost at home to a top-flight club in the League Cup: 407
Swansea won away to a top-flight club in the League Cup: 70
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,790
Liverpool won the league: 8,285


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CHELSEA STATS
Chelsea in the League Cup
Winners: 1964/65, 1997/98, 2004/05, 2006/07
Runners-up: 1971/72, 2007/08
Semi-finalists: 1972/73, 1984/85, 1990/91, 2001/02, 2012/13


By beating Leeds we reached our 11th League Cup semi-final. We have won our last three against Everton in 2007/08, Wycombe Wanderers in 2006/07 and Manchester United in 2004/05.

Last 10 seasons in the League Cup
2001/02 - Semi-final
2002/03 - Quarter-final
2003/04 - Quarter-final
2004/05 - Winners
2005/06 - 3rd round
2006/07 - Winners
2007/08 - Runners-up
2008/09 - 4th round
2009/10 - Quarter-final
2010/11 - 3rd round
2011/12 - Quarter-final


Kerry Dixon is our leading scorer in the League Cup with 25 goals followed by Frank Lampard 11, Peter Osgood and Bobby Tambling 10 and Didier Drogba nine.


Chelsea have won five out of the last six matches, scoring 21 goals and conceding four.

Last six results
Dec 19 Leeds (League Cup QF a) W 5-1
Dec 23 Aston Villa (h) W 8-0
Dec 26 Norwich (a) W 1-0
Dec 30 Everton (a) W 2-1
Jan 2 QPR (h) L 0-1
Jan 5 Southampton (FA Cup 3rd round a) W 5-1

 

2012/13 scorers
Torres 14 (1 pen), Mata 13, Lampard 3 (3 pens), Cahill 6, E Hazard 6 (2 pens), Ivanovic 6, Oscar 6 (1 pen), Moses 5, Ramires 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Ba 2, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goals 1. Total 82.

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 12 Jan Stoke away 3pm
Wed 16 Jan Southampton home 7.45pm
Sun 20 Jan Arsenal home 1.30pm



MILESTONES
At Southampton, Frank Lampard equalled our second highest top scorer in all competitions, Kerry Dixon, with 193 goals. He is now nine behind Bobby Tambling.

If selected, Fernando Torres will make his 100th appearance for Chelsea


SWANSEA STATS
Swans in the League Cup
Semi-finalists: 2012/13
Fourth round: 1964/65, 1976/77, 2008/09, 2010/11

 

This season's Capital One Cup campaign
Aug 28 (2) Barnsley (h) W 3-1
Sep 25 (3) Crawley (a) W 3-2
Oct 31 (4) Liverpool (a) W 3-1
Dec 12 (QF) Middlesbrough (h) W 1-0

 

Capital One Cup scorers
Graham 2, Moore 2, Chico 1, De Guzman 1, Dyer 1, Michu 1, Monk 1, own goals 1. Total 10.


Until this season Swansea had never progressed beyond the fourth round of the League Cup.

This will be Swansea's fourth successive away trip to London. Since the start of December they have won at Arsenal and Fulham and lost to Tottenham.

They have only lost one of their last six away games winning four of them.


Last 10 seasons in the League Cup
2002/03 - 1st round
2003/04 - 1st round
2004/05 - 1st round
2005/06 - 1st round
2006/07 - 1st round
2007/08 - 2nd round
2008/09 - 4th round
2009/10 - 2nd round
2010/11 - 4th round
2011/12 - 2nd round


Manager Michael Laudrup
Days in charge: 206
Played 26
Won 11
Drawn 9
Lost 6


 

LAST LINE-UP

PMB

 

Last six results
Dec 16 Tottenham (a) L 0-1
Dec 23 Manchester United (h) D 1-1
Dec 26 Reading (a) D 0-0
Dec 29 Fulham (a) W 2-1
Jan 1 Aston Villa (h) D 2-2
Jan 6 Arsenal (FA Cup 3rd round h) D 2-2

 

2012/13 scorers
Michu 15, Graham 6, Routledge 5, De Guzman 4, Dyer 4, Hernandez 2, Moore 2, Chico 1, Monk 1, Rangel 1, Sinclair 1, own goals 1. Total 43


WINDOW WATCH
Completed January transfers
Chelsea
Ins Demba Ba (Newcastle, undisclosed)
Outs Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, undisclosed)
Swansea
Ins None
Outs None


THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Anthony Taylor is making his third visit to the Bridge this season. He was the referee for our 4-1 win against Norwich in October and our goalless draw with Fulham in November.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
There are no suspensions.

Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi are now with Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

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Chelsea v Swansea

Chelsea

  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata
  • 9
    Fernando Torres Substitution

Substitutions

  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 40
    Henrique Hilario
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 57
    Nathan Ake
  • 21
    Marko Marin Substitution
  • 29
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
Shots on Target
8
4
Shots off Target
16
1
Corners
6
Fouls
8
13
Most fouls
Ramires
Rangel
3
2
Yellow Cards
1
2
Red Cards

Swansea City

  • 25
    Gerhard Tremmel
  • 22
    Angel Rangel
  • 4
    Chico
  • 6
    Ashley Williams
  • 33
    Ben Davies
  • 7
    Leon Britton
  • 20
    Jonathan de Guzman
  • 24
    Sung-Yeung Ki
  • 15
    Substitution Wayne Routledge
  • 11
    Pablo Hernandez
  • 9
    Substitution Miguel Michu

Substitutions

  • 17
    Itay Shechter
  • 21
    Substitution Dwight Tiendalli
  • 26
    Kemy Agustien
  • 10
    Substitution Danny Graham
  • 1
    Michel Vorm
  • 16
    Garry Monk
  • 12
    Nathan Dyer

Chelsea vs Swansea City Highlights

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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 0 SWANSEA CITY 2

Summary
The Blues face an uphill battle to reach Wembley next month after errors gave Swansea a goal in each half and consigned us to consecutive home defeats.

Branislav Ivanovic was the unfortunate player on each occasion tonight and although the visitors rarely threatened otherwise, they were solid at the back. More Chelsea chances came in the first half than the second but we paid for some poor finishing, and although dominant in the second half, we couldn't create the chances to match.

Demba Ba, a substitute, did have the ball in the net in stoppage time at the end of this first leg, but was victim of a tight offside call.

Team news
There were just two changes from the side that started against Southampton. Fernando Torres replaced Demba Ba and so made his 100th Chelsea appearance. Oscar came in for Victor Moses who had departed to begin preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations. Ashley Cole was again captain.

Swansea made five changes including Michu and Pablo Hernandez returning to attack. Captain Ashley Williams and Angel Rangel came back into defence, and Gerhard Tremmel continued as the goalkeeper for this particular cup run.

First half
Prior to kick-off, Peter Bonetti and chairman Bruce Buck made a presentation to Petr Cech to mark his 400th appearance for the Blues, which came at Everton in the final game on 2012.

It was also the match in which Cech suffered the injury which currently keeps him out. Ross Turnbull continued to deputise tonight, and was left exposed by the mistakes in front of him.

Two-leg semis are often cagey but it didn't take long for Chelsea to start to build some pressure on the Swansea goal. David Luiz only slightly over-hit a quick pass forward to the breaking Torres, and the Brazilian then appeared to have his arm pulled by Ki Sung-Yueng as he tried to get his head to a Mata corner. Ivanovic had the first true chance, which he headed over.

On 10 minutes Ramires really should have scored after great link-up play between David Luiz, Oscar and Mata found his run on the right but instead of shooting when there was the opportunity, he cut inside first one then two Swansea players and eventually toe-poked tamely at the target.

But then we ran out of ideas for a while; too many aerial balls played into the Swansea box towards players unlikely to win them. The Welsh side mustered nothing more than a Michu long-range dig straight at Turnbull.

Midway through the half Chelsea burst back into life. Mata had a promising shot blocked after the ball was won back deep in the Swansea half, and Azpilicueta drove a low shot just wide, although the keeper probably had it covered.

Hazard then tore a hole through the centre of the Swans defence but when he slipped the ball sideways to Mata unmarked, the shot was very disappointing. We should have been 2-0 up by this point.

From a more difficult position Mata rolled a shot wide of the far post soon after, Oscar the supplier with a well-judged back-heel. There was half-an-hour gone.

Mata momentarily looked favourite to beat keeper Tremmel to Torres's deflected pass into the danger zone but just missed out, and then Oscar was judged onside as Davd Luiz hit a ball over the top of the Swansea defence, but unfortunately he lost the ball as he tried to bring it down from the sky.

Swansea's goal couldn't have come more out of the blue. Ivanovic took a Turnbull pass but lost control as he turned and De Guzman nipped in. The Dutch midfielder passed out to Michu who beat Turnbull with power. There were 38 minutes played.

Chelsea v Swansea

They were a goal up but Swansea could have been a man down soon after, Pablo Hernandez kicking Oscar's legs away from behind and hurting the Brazilian in the process. Both players remained on the pitch, the Spaniard with just a yellow card to his name.

Shortly before the interval Ivanovic shot as well as anyone in a blue shirt so far but had his effort pushed wide by the diving Tremmel.


Second half
Swansea earned a second caution soon after the restart, Chico fouling Torres in a promising position for the Blues, but David Luiz's free-kick cleared the cross with some distance to spare.

He went a lot closer with another free-kick attempt from a lot further out 10 minutes into the half. Tremmel on that occasion scrambled across to the bottom corner of his net and was happy to see the ball bounce just wide. The Swansea keeper did do well to drop on a low David Luiz shot soon after, struck with venom from the edge of the area after Mata had shown vision.

Chelsea had kept the game almost entirely in the Swansea half in this second period, but then the visitors were almost certainly content with this as a first-leg scoreline.

Chelsea v Swansea City

Hazard believed he should have had a free-kick when his run, that was threatening to break through after he and Mata had combined superbly, was halted. The flying Belgian appeared to be pushed off the ball but the ref was not in agreement.

With 20 minutes to play, Lampard replaced Ramires who had not enjoyed one of his better nights. The Blues kept pushing away at the big red-shirted barrier ahead. The Swansea keeper at one point resorted to volleying away an Oscar cross.

There was another roll of the dice by Benitez with 10 minutes remaining, Ba coming on for Torres and receiving a big cheer. Before the Senegalese could touch the ball however, we had reason to be thankful for a very close offside call that stopped Michu having a clear run on goal.

Marin then came on for Oscar who had shown flashes of class but in the end had not been able to pick the lock.

Ba had two headers at goal in a minute, the first from Ivanovic's high ball forward caught by the keeper, the second from a Marin cross going wide.

The final few minutes were full of incident but sadly with none of it going Chelsea's way.

Mata played a pass behind the defence that gave Ba and Tremmel a race to reach it. The Chelsea substitute just got a touch to it but then collided with the keeper at the cost of a free-kick to Swansea. For some reason the ref then booked Ba. It was hard to see any reason why.

Up the other end of the pitch, Ivanovic's miserable night was completed when he failed to spot Swansea sub Graham, on for Michu, as he played a pass back towards his own goal. The centre-forward took the ball wide of Turnbull to double his side's advantage.

That was on 90 minutes but there was still time for Ba to smash the ball into the Matthew Harding End net and briefly raise spirits, until the offside flag went up. Replays suggested a very close call.

Chelsea v Swansea

The away-goal rule will only come into play at the end of any extra-time in two weeks' time in south Wales, but regardless of that it will need a far better Chelsea display to stand a chance against a side with a healthy lead to defend.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Turnbull; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Cole (c); Ramires (Lampard 70), David Luiz; Oscar (Marin 82), Mata, Hazard; Torres (Ba 80).
Unused subs Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Ake.
Booked Ba 90.

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies; Britton, Ki Sung-Yueng; Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge (Tiendalli 62); Michu (Graham 83)
Unused subs Vorm, Monk, Agustien, Dyer, Shechter.
Scorers Michu 38, Graham 90+1.
Booked Hernandez 41, Chico 47.

Referee Anthony Taylor.
Crowd
40,172.

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SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - MOURINHO

Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

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WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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