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Swansea City

Liberty Stadium

Wed 23 Jan 2013 19:45 (Attendance: 19,506)


The requirements are clear as Chelsea head to Wales for the conclusion of our first semi-final in this competition for five years. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton get set for the second leg…

Having firmed up our league position by beating Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League, Chelsea now face two very different cup tests in five days. Our west London neighbours Brentford await in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Tonight, though, the Blues attempt to buck the trend of history and reverse the two-goal advantage taken away from Stamford Bridge by Swansea City a fortnight ago. In the Londoners' favour is the fact that four of our most recent six domestic away results would be sufficient to make the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday 24 February.

Chelsea have won our last six away games scoring 20 goals. Victory at Swansea would equal our all-time record seven successive away wins in league and cup achieved in 1988/89 (while in Division Two).

The competition records show that winners of the first legs in semi-finals are far from definite finalists.

Cardiff City overturned Crystal Palace's 1-0 lead at this stage of last year's competition and the previous season both eventual finalists, Arsenal and Birmingham, were trailing after the first leg. All, though, played their second leg on home soil.

Likewise Manchester United in 2009/10, Arsenal in 2005/06, Liverpool in 2002/03, Tottenham in 2001/02, Birmingham and Liverpool in 2000/01, Chelsea and Boro in 1997/98…

The Blues, however, might take inspiration from 2004/05, when José Mourinho's side travelled to Old Trafford for a second leg after a stalemate at Stamford Bridge and triumphed in Manchester by two goals to one. It was the first time Sir Alex Ferguson's team had tasted defeat in a semi-final and an enormous confidence boost which led to the first silverware of the Abramovich era being acquired.

Manchester United v Chelsea

Never the less you have to go right back to 1987 to find the last instance of a side coming back from a first-leg home defeat to reach the final - and the successful side, Arsenal, needed a 2-1 replay victory to overcome Spurs after losing 0-1 at Highbury and winning 2-1 at White Hart Lane.

It is often said 2-0 is a dangerous lead. According to football lore the side leading think the win is in the bag and the trailing team, with nothing to lose, take unusual risks; if a goal is pulled back the 'big mo' is all with the comeback crew.

It is unlikely Swansea will be overconfident after their win at Stamford Bridge. They know Chelsea missed chance after chance to score - the statistics showed the Blues dominated the game and had 24 shots on Gerhard Tremmel's goal, while Swansea scored with their only on-target strikes against reserve keeper Ross Turnbull.

Both the Swans' goals were gifts, highly unusually, from central defender Branislav Ivanovic. The Serb, Chelsea to his marrow, will be desperate to make amends tonight in South Wales. Many teammates in the Blues side tonight will also have played in last season's FA Cup and Champions League triumphs.

Chelsea know what is required: win by a minimum of two goals. Are Chelsea capable of scoring two goals in Wales? It is a margin that has been achieved no fewer than 13 times this season, more than half of those occasions away from Stamford Bridge. The Blues have also ended the unbeaten home runs of Everton and Stoke this season.

The Welsh side do not have the same range of cup semi-final lanes down which an edgy supporter's memory might wander for reassurance. This is just the third major semi-final in their history, the previous two in the FA Cup coming in 1926 and 1964.

In 1926 they lost out 0-3 to a more-experienced Bolton side who eventually lifted the trophy. Preston North End were the 2-1 victors at Villa Park in 1964; then called Swansea Town, the team was full of typically Welsh surnames that are absent today.

They did win a Championship play-off at Wembley in 2011, but a big question tonight is not how the present Swansea side's nerve is before kick-off but whether it will hold up during the match itself, especially should Chelsea score first.

Away goals only count double after any extra time is played. The additional 30 minutes will only be required if Chelsea are leading by two clear goals when the 90 plus stoppages are completed. A 2-0 Chelsea victory after extra time is the only scoreline that would result in a penalty shoot out.

The winners tonight will play fourth-tier Bradford City, who progressed at the expense of Premier League Aston Villa on the other side of the draw. The Pensioners have never met the Bantams before in this competition.

Chelsea have progressed from the last three semi-finals and have won the League Cup four times, most recently 2006/07 when we saw off Arsenal by the same scoreline as on Sunday in the league: 2-1.

That weekend victory earned our ninth league double over Arsenal and the first since 2009/10.Prior to that our twin successes came in 2005/06, 1969/70, 1968/69, 1964/65, 1963/64, 1960/61 and 1946/47.

Frank Lampard's penalty took him to 195 Chelsea goals, and he has hit six in his last nine games - the last three from the spot.

The Gunners, potential rivals for a top-four finish, face West Ham tonight in the Premier League and have so far taken one league point in January, leaving them 11 points behind the Blues with 16 matches remaining.

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It is time for yet another gallant cup performance from Chelsea. How might the Blues overturn the 0-2 first leg deficit to reach the Capital One Cup final?

Key battles
Swansea's success in the first leg was founded on solid defence and opportunist finishing. They scored with their two shots on target, handed to them by two errors. Petr Cech has since returned to fitness and should replace Ross Turnbull, who played that night, in goal.

Michael Laudrup asked his team to defend deep and swamp the middle, with Ki Sung-Yueng instrumental in breaking up the passing between Oscar, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. The Blues were unable to find space behind Angel Rangel, Chico Flores et al and the chances that arose were not as clear cut as Rafael Benitez would have liked.

Upfront, stomach-illness victim Fernando Torres was off-colour and Demba Ba was not introduced until late in the match because of a slight injury. In a monstrous 10 minutes the substitute consistently troubled the Swans' rearguard with his pace, power and touch.

He was extremely unlucky to be cautioned for simulation after tripping over goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, then to have a perfectly legitimate strike ruled out for offside. If, as seems likely, the Senegalese striker starts tonight the hosts, including the impressive Ashley Williams, could find themselves stretched from the outset.

Both managers selected strong sides in the league at the weekend, with striker Itay Shechter replaced by transfer-target Danny Graham late on. Set-play specialist Jonathan De Guzman scored twice in Swansea's 3-1 win over Stoke, but that was their first home league win since November.

Key defender Chico was missing from that match and would be a significant miss were injury to rule him out again this evening. Likewise David Luiz for Chelsea, although at present - despite a couple of central midfield absences - Benitez has very good cover.

Chelsea will be hoping for more of the irresistible football displayed against Arsenal in the first half on Sunday, which should have brought more reward than two goals. Swansea like to play the ball out from the back and the Blues' pressing in the final third was impressive.

The influence of Cesar Azpilicueta continues to grow too. The raiding right-back has set up goals in the last two matches, the most recent with a brilliant diagonal pass to Juan Mata. Chelsea's elusive no.10 himself created three and scored one goal in the same two games. Should the Spain midfielder - who played on the wing in the first leg - find similar space on the edge of the Swans' box it could make for a very interesting evening.

Meanwhile the Blues have to find a way to shut out Michu, who scored playing as a striker at the Bridge but also presents a goalscoring threat from a deeper, attacking midfield role.

Laudrup successfully deployed two wingers, Pablo Hernández and Wayne Routledge, to thwart the Blues' full-backs in the first leg. Knowing that only victory by two goals or more will do, Chelsea may feel Azpilicueta and newly re-signed Ashley Cole will have to take risks down the flanks to support the attack against Swansea's vulnerable wide defenders.

Azpilicueta Chelsea v Swansea

The experience and eye for goal of Frank Lampard in these semi-final settings could also be crucial. In his early career the midfielder was on loan from West Ham at Swansea and made his debut for them alongside former Blues keeper Roger Freestone … against 2012/13 Capital One Cup finalists Bradford City.

Squad fitness news
Only Oriol Romeu (knee) is definitely out for Chelsea. David Luiz has travelled and his ankle will be assessed ahead of the game.

Swansea centre-back Chico Flores is reported fit. Midfielder Kemy Agustien is out with an ankle injury.

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Chelsea and Swansea have only met once previously 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.

The Swans finished bottom that season and were relegated. The Blues won 3-2 with goals from George Graham (2) and Dennis Brown, Swansea's goals came from Herbert Williams and Keith Todd.

Chelsea went on to become London's first winners of this competition by beating Leicester over two legs in the final (pictured below).


This will be only our third visit to Swansea in 29 years and first ever in a cup competition. Apart from this and last season's Premier League draws at the Liberty Stadium, all previous games were at Vetch Field.

Our last win there was in November 1983 during our promotion campaign under John Neal. The Blues won 3-1 with goals from Pat Nevin, John Bumstead and Kerry Dixon. Swansea's reply came from Colin Pascoe. The Swans were eventually relegated for the second successive season.

Swansea's last home win against the Blues was in April 1981 when goals from Robbie James, Neil Robinson and Dzemal Hadziabdic without reply was enough to secure the victory.



Chelsea v Swansea in all competitions
Games played 23
Chelsea wins 9
Swans wins 6
Draws 8

Biggest win at Swansea for each team
Swansea 3-0 Chelsea - 12/04/1930 (Div 2) and 25/04/1981 (Div 2)
Swansea 1-3 Chelsea - 22/11/1983 (Div 2)

Chelsea played at Wembley: 263
Swansea played at Wembley: 604
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,804
Liverpool won the league: 8,299

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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, Wycombe Wanderers and Manchester United.

Our 10 previous League Cup semi-finals
1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1964/65 Aston Villa A 3-2 H 1-1 4-3
1971/72 Tottenham H 3-2 A 2-2 5-4
1972/73 Norwich H 0-2 A 0-1 0-3
1984/85 Sunderland A 0-2 H 2-3 2-5
1990/91 Sheffield Wed H 0-2 A 1-3 1-5
1997/98 Arsenal A 1-2 H 3-1 4-3
2001/02 Tottenham H 2-1 A 1-5 3-6
2004/05 Man Utd H 0-0 A 2-1 2-1
2006/07 Wycombe A 1-1 H 4-0 5-1
2007/08 Everton H 2-1 A 1-0 3-1
Chelsea score shown first


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 three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.


Last six results
Jan 2 QPR (h) L 0-1
Jan 5 Southampton (FA Cup 3rd round a) W 5-1
Jan 9 Swansea (League Cup semi-final 1st leg h) L 0-2
Jan 12 Stoke (a) W 4-0
Jan 16 Southampton (h) D 2-2
Jan 20 Arsenal (h) W 2-1

2012/13 scorers
Mata 14, Torres 14 (1 pen), Lampard 9 (5 pens), E Hazard 8 (2 pens), Cahill 6, Ivanovic 6, Oscar 6 (1 pen), Moses 5, Ramires 5, D Luiz 4 (2 pens), Ba 3, Bertrand 2, Sturridge 2, Cole 1, Romeu 1 (pen), Terry 1, own goals 3. Total 90.

Chelsea's next three games
Sun 27 Jan Brentford (FA Cup 4th rd) away 12 noon
Wed 30 Jan Reading away 8pm
Sat 2 Feb Newcastle away 3pm

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
Jan 9 (SF1) Chelsea (a) W 2-0

League Cup scorers
Graham 3, Michu 2, Moore 2, Chico 1, De Guzman 1, Dyer 1, Monk 1, own goals 1. Total 12.

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

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

Swansea's home record in the league and cup this term is six wins, seven draws and two defeats.

They have only lost three of their last 19 games and one in their last nine and have not been beaten by more than one goal since Stoke won 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium in September.

Everton are the only team this season to win at the Liberty Stadium by more than two goals.

Manager Michael Laudrup
Days in charge: 220
Played 30
Won 13
Drawn 10
Lost 7

Last six results
Jan 1 Aston Villa (h) D 2-2
Jan 6 Arsenal (FA Cup 3rd round h) D 2-2
Jan 9 Chelsea (Capital One Cup SF1 a) W 2-0
Jan 12 Everton (a) D 0-0
Jan 16 Arsenal (FA Cup 3 Rep a) L 0-1
Jan 19 Stoke (h) W 3-1


2012/13 scorers
Michu 16, Graham 7, De Guzman 6, Routledge 5, Dyer 4, Hernandez 2, Moore 2, Chico 1, Davies 1, Monk 1, Rangel 1, Sinclair 1, own goals 1. Total 48

Completed January transfers
Demba Ba (Newcastle, undisclosed)
Outs Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool, undisclosed), Lucas Piazon (Malaga, loan), Todd Kane (Blackburn, loan), Billy Clifford (Colchester, loan), Sam Walker (Colchester, loan)
Roland Lamah (Osasuna, loan)
Outs Jamie Proctor (Crawley, undisclosed)

Chris Foy is handling his first Chelsea match since the 0-0 draw with Manchester City in November. He officiated the FA Cup final win over Portsmouth in 2010 that confirmed the club's first league and FA Cup double, and our victory over Fulham on penalties in this competition in September 2011.

Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

There are no suspensions.

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Swansea v Chelsea

Swansea City

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


  • 17
    Itay Shechter
  • 21
    Dwight Tiendalli
  • 12
    Nathan Dyer Substitution
  • 10
    Danny Graham
  • 1
    Michel Vorm
  • 16
    Garry Monk
  • 14
    Roland Lamah
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 2
    Substitution Branislav Ivanovic
  • 3
    Substitution Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 11
    Substitution Emboaba Oscar
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 29
    Demba Ba
  • 10
    Juan Mata


  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 4
    Substitution David Luiz
  • 21
    Marko Marin
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 9
    Substitution Fernando Torres
  • 34
    Substitution Ryan Bertrand

Swansea City vs Chelsea Highlights

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Swansea 0 (2) - (0) 0 Chelsea
Match Highlights from the Liberty Stadium
9:33 min


There will be no early visit to Wembley this season as Chelsea were eliminated from the Capital One Cup after a goalless draw in Wales.

The Blues had it all to do after a home defeat two weeks ago, and although we pressured Swansea for periods, only rarely did we look like overturning the deficit, and were dealt a late blow when Eden Hazard was dismissed following an altercation with a ballboy.

In the early stages it was the home side that looked the more likely to score, Petr Cech saving well from Michu, before Chelsea's best spell saw goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel save from Hazard and Ramires before Demba Ba shot over just before half-time.

After the break there were no clear-cut opportunities for Chelsea, though Ramires had a decent sight of goal and Juan Mata brought a smart save from the goalkeeper shortly before Hazard's red card brought our run to an end.

It will be Manchester City, rather than Bradford City we face in late February.

Team news
Rafael Benitez made just one change to the line-up following the weekend's win over Arsenal, replacing Fernando Torres in attack with Ba. On the bench, John Terry continued to wait for his first start since November, while David Luiz was among the substitutes at the expense of youngster Nathan Ake.

Swansea were unchanged from the side that faced us at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, meaning Michu started up front alone, flanked by Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge.

First half
The snow that had greeted the arrival of Chelsea fans in Wales during the late afternoon had all but stopped by the time kick-off arrived. It did, however, remain bitterly cold, but the chance of a first ever major final was enough to warm the hearts of the home fans, who must have been in confident mood following victory in west London two weeks previously.

If there was a positive atmosphere in the Liberty Stadium at the start of the game, the locals almost went into ecstasy after seven minutes, when a swift break following a Chelsea corner saw Wayne Routledge's goalbound volley deflected behind off Cesar Azpilicueta. Just beforehand, Ba had gone down in the Swansea area under a challenge, but referee Chris Foy deemed there to be insufficient contact for a penalty.

Swansea have earned plaudits for their pass and move style, and it ripped Chelsea open again shortly afterwards when Routledge slipped Michu in, with only an outstretched Petr Cech denying them a three-goal advantage in the tie.

Swansea v Chelsea

The home side were unquestionably on top, with Chelsea yet to forge a shooting chance, let alone a likely goal. Seventeen minutes in, Michu outjumped Gary Cahill on the edge of the Blues area, allowing Jonathan De Guzman a sight at goal, but the defender recovered just in time to block the shot.

A deflected Eden Hazard brought a corner and a little spell of Chelsea pressure around the 20-minute mark, which saw Cahill's header cleared off the line by Angel Rangel, Hazard shoot tamely straight at goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel, and then Ramires drive low and on target from long range. Was the tide beginning to turn?

Swansea v Chelsea

It seemed not as Swansea looked to have weathered the storm, twice denying Oscar inside their box before resuming their neat possession football. Chelsea had one more chance in first-half stoppage time, when the ball fell loose for Ba, but he lashed over the top and we went in at half-time goalless.

Second half
Chelsea were going to have to go for it in the second half, take risks and in doing so probably leave ourselves open to the counter, where Swansea had already threatened in the opening 45 minutes.

Swansea v Chelsea

Ba shot wide five minutes into the second period and Chelsea were on top, but sure enough when Tremmel punched a corner clear the Swans surged forward and it took some excellent defending from Ashley Cole to keep Hernandez at bay, with Michu and Routledge both options inside the area for the Spaniard.

Back on the front foot Ramires dragged a shot wide from 18 yards and Frank Lampard drove over after a clever free-kick from Mata, but Chelsea's overall threat was beginning to drop as the home side began to sense they had done enough to reach Wembley.

A goal at this stage, with just over 20 minutes to go, could throw the tie back into doubt, and Mata might have thought he had it with a superb low strike from his weaker right foot, but Tremmel was equal to it and clung on to the ball at full stretch.

The task was about to get a whole lot harder, and in controversial circumstances. In trying to get the ball back into play at quickly at a Swansea goal kick, Hazard attempted to wrestle the ball from a ball boy, who then went down clutching his side. A melee ensued, Mr Foy consulted his assistant, and Hazard was red-carded. Chelsea were a man and two goals down with 10 minutes remaining. Torres replaced Oscar.

Swansea v Chelsea

Swansea were quick to capitalise on the man advantage, and Hernandez forced Cech into another save. They could now pass the ball around knowing Chelsea were stretched. Such is the attacking nature of Michael Laudrup's side they continued to search for goals well into the six allotted minutes of injury time, but none would come, mainly thanks to a late Cech save from sub Nathan Dyer.

The result brings to an end a six-game winning streak away from Stamford Bridge, but more importantly, our hopes of some early silverware.

Swansea (4-2-3-1): Tremmel; Rangel, Chico, Williams (c), Davies; Ki Sung-Yueng, Britton; Hernandez, De Guzman, Routledge (Dyer 65); Michu
Unused subs: Vorm, Monk, Tiendalli, Lamah, Shechter, Graham.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (David Luiz 67), Cole (Bertrand 85); Ramires, Lampard (c); Hazard, Mata, Oscar (Torres 81); Ba.
Unused subs Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Marin.
Sent off Hazard 80

Referee Chris Foy
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