Leeds v Chelsea as it happened

Live text commentary as Chelsea defeat Leeds in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, with Chelsea-Swansea and Bradford-Villa drawn in the last four.

19 December 2012 Last updated at 22:18 GMT

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  1. 2216: 

    That is it for our live text coverage of the Capital One Cup quarter-final between Leeds and Chelsea. You can read the report and reaction on this website. You can follow the Champions League draw via Sportsday on Thursday and Tom Rostance will be in the chair for Saturday's football action. I'll see thee.


    Jonny, Bradford, via text: "Very glad to get Villa in SF. Bring them on! We beat the Arsenal, we'll beat the Villa! BCAFC!"

  3. 2214: 

    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."

  4. 2210: 

    The two-legged League Cup semis will be played the week commencing the 7th and the week commencing the 21st of January.


    Stephen Jones on Twitter: "Swansea are ready for Chelsea. Bring on the League Cup Semi-final"


    Dan, Bedford, via text: "Re: Eden Hazard; he's our strike bowler. Yes he goes missing and often doesn't influence play, but he needs only one moment to work his magic. Plus, he works a lot harder than anybody thought he would in a defensive capacity"

    Oliver, London, via text: "RE: Greg Matthews - Most players who cost more than 30million that go to Chelsea go missing, Torres and Shevchenko to name a few, so may not be his fault."

  7. 2205: 

    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."

  8. 2204: 

    Chelsea v Swansea

    Bradford v Aston Villa

  9. 2204: 

    Here we go... semi-final draw time.

  10. 2204: 

    As for Chelsea, they host Aston Villa on Sunday, looking to add to their win at Sunderland and hopefully close the gap between themselves and the two Manchester clubs above them.

  11. 2202: 

    Leeds have bigger fish to fry this season and will now go about trying to propel themselves into the Championship promotion race. Next up they have Middlesbrough at home on Saturday. They are currently 12th in the table, five points behind sixth place.


    Alexander White on Twitter: "Great game from Chelsea!! Great game from the whole team!! Let's go on and win the Captial One Cup!!"

  13. 2156: 

    Tonight's result continues a superb record for Chelsea against Leeds in cup competitions. In 12 cup matches, they have never lost to their rivals from West Yorkshire.


    Oliver Michaelson on Twitter: "Great game from Moses! Great pace, attack and finishing for the goal!"

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "RE: Sam Harwood: Really? For someone that cost over £30 million I think Hazard's gone missing in big games this season"

  15. 2154: 

    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."

  16. 2150: 

    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."


    Tom, Leeds, via text: "People will look at the scoreline and think it was a walk over, but we didn't play as poorly as the scoreline says."

    Matt, Birmingham, via text: "Bet Warnock is wishing that Benitez had put out a below strength team this time round."

    Sam Harwood via text: "Eden Hazard has been excellent since coming on and excellent since coming to Chelsea. £33m well spent"

  18. 2144: 

    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.

  19. 2143:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "It was like tales of the unexpected. We expected a response from Chelsea but we did not think it was going to be five. The quality shone through in the end and exactly what Rafa Benitez would have wanted. He would not have needed any slip-ups and fortunately for him, did not get any."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  20. 2140: 

    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.

  21. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Leeds 1-5 Chelsea
  22. 2138: 

    Ross McCormack looks to grab a consolation for Leeds with a long-range shot but it is blocked. Aidy White follows up with a shot of his own but it lacks power and Petr Cech saves.

  23. 2136: 

    We're going to have two more minutes of added time. It is just a formality, though. This game has been essentially over for a while.

  24. 2135: 

    Leeds keep plugging away but Ross McCormack is unable to get on to a through-ball into the box and Chelsea clear.

  25. 2133: 

    Remember, the semi-final draw will follow this match. The four teams involved will be Aston Villa, Bradford, Swansea and Chelsea.

  26. 2131: 

    Chelsea withdraw Juan Mata and send on Paulo Ferreira. There are just under four minutes to go.

  27. 2131:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "It has been an emphatic second half. The different between the first and second half has been like night and day. Fernando Torres gets his goal and it looks comfortable but it has not been like that throughout. Leeds have conceded five at home, but they have not played poorly."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  28. 2128: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-5 Chelsea - Fernando Torres

    Chelsea are just smearing the icing on the cake now. Frank Lampard fires a low shot that Jamie Ashdown saves but the keeper is powerless to prevent Fernando Torres tapping in after being found by Eden Hazard. He hasn't had a good game but he has a goal. This is a cruel scoreline on Leeds. The Blues have been ruthless, though, since they took a 2-1 lead.

  29. 2128:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Leeds got caught pushing bodies forward and that is to be expected, one thing Eden Hazard is, is composed in front of goal. Goodnight and God bless Leeds United. In the end, they just have not been good enough."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  30. 2126: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-4 Chelsea - Eden Hazard (81 mins)

    Eden Hazard has made a big difference for Chelsea since he has come on and he completely ends the contest with a neat finish after charging on to David Luiz's superb through-ball. Some Leeds fans chant in defiance, some head for the exit. Chelsea are on their way to the semi-finals.

  31. 2126: 

    Aidy White charges down the Leeds left and wins a corner. Michael Tonge delivers and Petr Cech punches away to the edge of the box where David Norris looks to follow-up before tumbling. The home crowd shout for a penalty but the ref isn't interested.


    Paul in Norwich via text: "This is typical Chelsea spirit. Back barely a day from Japan and show huge character to come to a difficulty Leeds on a rainy night. A desire to win trophies no matter what competition. If only Arsenal held such backbone, only thing they miss."

  33. 2124: 

    Chelsea are controlling the game now. They come forward but Oscar can only hammer his shot from 20 yards into the stomach of Jamie Ashdown in the Leeds goal.

  34. 2122: 

    Ross McCormack fashions a superb chance for Leeds with a cross that David Norris and Luciano Becchio make a hash of by getting in the way of each other. The home side force a corner, though, which Michael Tonge swings to the near post but Jason Pearce can only knock it behind for a goal-kick. Just under 15 minutes to go.

  35. 2119: 

    Ryan Bertrand is currently limping round the perimeter of the field for Chelsea. Looks like he's going to go off, with Ashley Cole replacing him.

  36. 2118: 

    Two changes for Leeds. Michael Brown and El-Hadji Diouf off and David Norris and Ross McCormack on.


    Liam in Stockport, via text: "Anyone still sensing a cupset? No? Rafa knows what he's doing. Proving the doubters wrong"

  38. 2116: 

    Some of the fight has drained out of the Leeds players now. Chelsea have much more space when they come forward. Eden Hazard shoots from distance but Jamie Ashdown gets down well to save.

  39. 2115: 

    Chelsea have a huge chance to cement the win as Fernando Torres turns superbly to beat his marker and charge down the left into the box. His pull-back is poor, though, and is behind all his team-mates so Leeds can clear.

  40. 2114:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "This is what I was expecting Chelsea to do all night long. Get the job done and get out of here but Leeds have made it difficult for them. They have been passing better and playing much better in the second half. I don't see Leeds getting back into this now."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  41. 2114: 

    Leeds react to the two goals by taking off Jerome Thomas and sending on Aidy White, who scored here against Everton earlier in this competition.

  42. 2111: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-3 Chelsea - Victor Moses (66 mins)

    That could well be that. Victor Moses polishes off a superb minute for Chelsea by picking up the ball 25 yards from goal before firing a low shot that beats Jamie Ashdown. It is a devastating double-salvo from the visitors and it has given them a firm hold on a place in the semi-finals.

  43. 2110: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-2 Chelsea - Branislav Ivanovic (64 mins)

    Chelsea have turned it around with a goal of effective simplicity. Frank Lampard's corner to the near post is met by Branislav Ivanovic and his header rockets past Jamie Ashdown and in. The Blues have dug in here and earned their reward.

  44. 2108: 

    Frank Lampard tries his luck with another dipping shot that bounces in front of Jamie Ashdown but the keeper does well to get down and save.

  45. 2107: 

    An hour gone and Leeds have a free-kick on the right. El-Hadji Diouf delivers but Chelsea are able to hack the ball clear.

  46. 2105: 

    Chelsea twist first with Marko Marin whipped off and Eden Hazard sent in to try and unlock the Leeds defence.

  47. 2105: 

    Jerome Thomas has a pop from range but it is never really testing Petr Cech who drops to save.

  48. 2105: 

    That is a cracking save from Jamie Ashdown to deny Fernando Torres. He dives and sticks his arm out to palm away Torres back-post header from Cesar Azpilicueta's cross. It was an unorthodox stop but effective.

  49. 2103: 

    Juan Mata is a serious threat every time he gets the ball near the Leeds box but this time he is crowded out by the Leeds defence as he looks to trick his way through.


    David, Stratford-upon-Avon, via text: "Adam Clayton put the mockers on Ashdown (2044). Maybe the ball moved in mysterious ways."

    Jon in Birmingham via text: "More worried about not finishing in the top 4 again than getting knocked out by Leeds."

  51. 2102: 

    It is a real midfield battle now. Chelsea give the ball away as Leeds harry them but El-Hadji Diouf's cross from the left is claimed with ease by Petr Cech.

  52. 2101: 

    Leeds have responded well to the goal to ensure Chelsea cannot capitalise on any momentum. Michael Tonge charges forward but his forward ball to Paul Green near the edge of the box is poor and Chelsea can clear.


    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "1-1. Right, I want to see players who really care now"

  54. 2056: 

    Leeds pass the ball around nicely on the right in search of an opening but Michael Tonge lets his team-mates down with a wasteful chipped pass forward to nobody to gift Chelsea possession.

  55. 2055:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Jamie Ashdown has had strong hands to shots on three or four occasions but the goalkeeper should have saved this one. That is a big gift early on for Chelsea."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  56. 2055: 

    El-Hadji Diouf looks to get on the end of a Luciano Becchio cross from the left but the ball is just a yard above him. The Leeds striker tumbles with Ryan Bertrand challenging but his appeals for a penalty falls on deaf ears.

  57. 2052: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-1 Chelsea - Juan Mata (47 mins)

    Chelsea make the most perfect possible start to the second half. Jamie Ashdown had a superb first half but he lets himself down by allowing Juan Mata's shot from the edge of the box squeeze past his right hand and in following Victor Moses's lay-off. Chelsea right back in this.

  58. 2051: 

    Chelsea began the half on the attack but Oscar is unable to find Fernando Torres with a flicked pass towards the edge of the Leeds box.

  59. 2050: 
    KICK-OFF - SECOND HALF- Leeds 1-0 Chelsea

    Infostrada Sports ‏on Twitter: "Leeds's Argentinean forward Luciano Becchio has now scored more goals (1) vs Chelsea in one match than Messi (0) has done in 8 matches #lufc"

    That finally settles it, Becchio is better than Messi

  61. 2047: 

    Rafa Benitez is currently putting the finishing touches on possibly his most important team-talk of the season. Can he inspire his side to come back here at Elland Road and keep open possibly their only chance of a trophy this season?

    Neil Warnock will no doubt be telling his players to give him more of the same. Both teams have a big 45 minutes coming up.


    Alex from Gloucester, via text: "I became a Leeds fan the season after we were relegated from the premier league. There's been plenty of downs and not enough ups since then, but its matches like this I love them for"

    Jamie in Manchester, via text: "I was surprised no top flight team had ever taken a punt on Becchio. His goal record is impressive. Then I remembered this is the same logic that saw Jermaine Beckford 'grace' the premier league."

    Matt Bickerton, via text: "Amazingly I think the upset here would be if Chelsea were to win. No one seems to believe they will, it seems not even them."

  63. 2044: 

    Well, I think this has delivered everything we expected so far, maybe with one exception. Elland Road is cold, wet, noisy and the game is hard-fought with flashes of Chelsea's ability and some committed defending from the home side. The one real bit of incisive quality has come from the Championship side, though. And Luciano Becchio's well-crafted strike means the upset is on.


    Adam Clayton (not that one... or that one) on Twitter: "Was worried about Ashdown's inclusion but he's done brilliantly"

    Sean Molloy on Twitter: "London clubs don't seem to like it ooop North"

  65. 2039: 
    BBC Sport's Dave Ornstein reports:

    "Like Bradford against Arsenal eight days ago, a lower-league side take a lead into half-time against Premier League opposition in the League Cup quarter-finals. Luciano Becchio's strike has stunned Chelsea and if Leeds can hold on to their advantage, we will have another huge upset on our hands."

  66. 2036: 
    HALF-TIME- Leeds 1-0 Chelsea
  67. 2036: 

    Marko Marin's shot from the edge of the box is blocked and a corner is the result. Leeds' defence hold firm, though, and the ball is headed clear. The home side have done the basics really well tonight. And they have produced one piece of genuine quality to lead at the break.

  68. 2034: 

    Three minutes of added time will be played. Chelsea win a free-kick in the Leeds half in the first of those minutes. Frank Lampard strikes from range but Jamie Ashdown is equal to the dipping effort with a strong left arm to block.

  69. 2032:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "This might be Rafa Benitez's most important half-time team talk since taking over at Chelsea, given they cannot afford to go out of this competition and the pressure he is under."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  70. 2032: 

    The home crowd are enjoying themselves. They let Rafa Benitez know they think he'll be sacked in the morning before cheering the offside flag that prevents Victor Moses's finish equalising for Chelsea. Fernando Torres the man who misjudged his run. They are nearly out of their seats again when Tom Lees rises to meet El-Hadji Diouf's cross from the left but the header goes a yard over the bar.


    Akinpelu Kayode on Twitter: "That's a perfect example of how important Mikel is to Chelsea. He covers for such moments of madness by David Luiz."

    Andrew Reid on Twitter: "I sense an upset..."

  72. 2029: 

    Leeds' inability to clear allows Chelsea to keep up some pressure in and around the box but Frank Lampard's shot is saved by Jamie Ashdown. A minute later, Cesar Azpilicueta fires over from an angle when maybe a cross would have been better. Three minutes plus added time remain until the break.

  73. 2027:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Thomas picked a great pass to Becchio for that goal and you have to say Leeds have played very well. The crowd are getting more and more vociferous and that's what Neil Warnock will want. Chelsea have not passed the ball around and Luiz, I'm fed up of saying, should just focus on defending and stop trying to attack."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  74. 2025: 

    Chelsea look to hit back immediately but Juan Mata slices a shot from distance wide of the far post. The home fans are in superb voice. They sense an upset.

  75. 2023: 
    GOAL- Leeds 1-0 Chelsea - Luciano Becchio (37 mins)

    Now we've got a contest on our hands. Sam Byram intercepts a loose David Luiz pass forward in the Leeds half before starting a quick break by spreading play to Jerome Thomas. His low cross is perfectly weighted for Luciano Becchio to slot home in the box. Elland Road erupts. The Championship side lead the European Champions.

  76. 2023: 

    Branislav Ivanovic takes advantage of a huge gap in the Leeds defence to stride forward and shoot from range but his effort drifts over the bar. Replays of that Green header show the ball hit Ryan Bertrand's arm during the aerial tussle but it would have been harsh to award a penalty.

  77. 2021: 

    El-Hadji Diouf accepts a throw-in on the Chelsea byline and crosses deep for Paul Green to meet but his header is claimed by Petr Cech with Luciano Becchio sniffing for scraps. It is Leeds' first effort on goal for a while.

  78. 2019:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Neither side has managed to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but you do feel when Chelsea get in and around the box with Moses, Mata and Marin they have some really tricky customers."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  79. 2019: 

    Chelsea have another corner after good work by Marko Marin. The first delivery is cleared as is a follow-up cross from Marin before David Luiz's shot from range is blocked. At times, Chelsea's movement is too much for Leeds to handle. However, the home side are digging in well at the back to keep the Blues out.

  80. 2017:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Ivanovic looks like he was playing cards on the flight home from Japan. He has not been his normal self so far."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  81. 2017: 

    Sam Byram has space on the Leeds right to cross but Frank Lampard gets back to prevent Jerome Thomas getting on the end of the delivery. Soon after, Leeds force a corner but Fernando Torres heads clear at the near post.

  82. 2015: 
    Chelsea's Juan Mata and Leeds' Michael Brown

    The opening half-hour of the game has been a feisty tussle in midfield, with both teams battling to get a grip on the tie on a wet night in Yorkshire.

  83. 2015: 

    Chelsea have enjoyed a good five-minute spell but on the whole it is a fairly even contest. Chelsea have put to bed any suggestions they wouldn't be up for the fight.

  84. 2015: 

    Michael Brown certainly had his hand on the shoulder of Victor Moses, and there was a bit of contact on the Chelsea players heels in the incident that had the Blues calling for a penalty a few minutes ago.

  85. 2013: 

    Fernando Torres gets his first look in but Jason Pearce slides in to prevent the striker cutting in down the right. Soon after, superb skill from Juan Mata gives him space to side-foot a shot that is deflected wide. Leeds clear the resulting corner following a brief spell of Chelsea pressure.

  86. 2012:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "They're not doing it Chelsea. They haven't kept the ball for long enough and Leeds are looking the bigger threat. Torres is being starved of possession so far and so when he does get it he's trying to do something a bit special, which has not worked so far."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  87. 2011: 

    Victor Moses and Chelsea want a penalty as he falls on the edge of the box. The Chelsea man thinks he is clipped by Michael Brown but the referee doesn't. In the same attack, after he has got up, Moses curls a shot which Jamie Ashdown dives to save. Moses has had the best two opportunities of the game now.

  88. 2008:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Diouf has the ability to change a game. Whether he can do it against Chelsea tonight remains to be seen."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  89. 2008: 

    Michael Brown drops to the ground in an off-the-ball challenge from Juan Mata. It is difficult to see from replays if there was anything serious to the contact. It is all par for the course in this game.

  90. 2006: 

    Oscar has picked up the general vibe of the occasion as he fouls a Leeds player for a free-kick that is delivered into the box by El-Hadji Diouf and headed wide by Jason Pearce. Leeds have enjoyed a good opening 20 minutes but Chelsea look dangerous every time they come forward, which admittedly hasn't been that often.

  91. 2004: 

    Jerome Thomas is almost clear for Leeds after Branislav Ivanovic plays a weak back-pass but Petr Cech is out quickly to hammer the ball away.

  92. 2003: 

    Frank Lampard gives the ball away to El-Hadji Diouf in his own half but his team-mates rally to clear the ball. Chelsea break down the other end but Leeds survive after a Marko Marin cross deflects off Lampard for a goal-kick.

  93. 2002: 

    Now it's heating up as Frank Lampard goes through the back of El-Hadji Diouf and gets the game's first booking.

  94. 2001: 

    Chelsea deliver a free-kick into the box which Luciano Becchio heads behind. Sam Byram does well to get a header in at the near post and start a Leeds counter-attack but Jerome Thomas is tackled and the threat to Chelsea is gone.

  95. 1959: 

    Michael Brown and David Luiz are squaring up after the former hacks away at the latter. That is a bit more like what we've come to expect from this fixture. Still a long way to go before we're in Bremner v McCreadie territory, though.

  96. 1958: 

    Chelsea look to get a quick attack going with a long diagonal ball forward for Victor Moses, but the ball is too strong and skips out of play.

  97. 1957: 

    Frank Lampard dives into a late tackle on Sam Byram to give Leeds the chance to deliver into the box from a free-kick on the right. El-Hadji Diouf swings over the cross, which Luciano Becchio heads back across goal but over everyone.

  98. 1955: 

    Jerome Thomas tries to get something going for Leeds but he is tracked well by two Chelsea players, who head off the threat of a break. Soon after, David Luiz rescues his side with a tackle on Luciano Becchio after the ball was given away by Ryan Bertrand in his own half.

  99. 1954: 

    Victor Moses draws the first save from Jamie Ashdown as Oscar's pass releases the winger in the box and Moses drives low for the Leeds keeper to palm behind. The resulting corner is cleared by a Leeds head.

  100. 1952:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Craig Burley at Elland Road: "Leeds are at home, it's a wet night and they can't let Chelsea have time on ball. But I think Chelsea's shape should take hold of the game and they should be able to dictate. Tonge and Brown are very experienced players but they don't get around the park as well as they used to."

    Listen to the commentary now on BBC Radio 5 live.

  101. 1952: 

    This is the loudest Elland Road has been in a while. The home crowd have seen an encouraging start from their side.

  102. 1951: 

    Chelsea's first charge forward ends with a handball against a man in Blue in the box from Marko Marin's cross. Down the other end, El-Hadji Diouf finds space on the left to cross but puts his delivery straight into the arms of Petr Cech.

  103. 1948: 

    Leeds snap straight into an early tackle with El-Hadji Diouf dispossessing a Chelsea player but the resulting attack comes to nothing.

  104. 1947: 
    KICK-OFF- Leeds v Chelsea (1945 GMT)
  105. 1945: 

    Well, that has settled one of the night's big questions. Neil Warnock and Rafa Benitez have shaken hands. Phew.

  106. 1943: 

    The teams are on their way out of the tunnel and Elland Road is alive with noise as the rain falls over West Yorkshire. This should be a cracking game and kick-off is just a few minutes away.

  107. 1942: 

    Of course, Leeds manager Neil Warnock could well have once graced the home dugout at Stamford Bridge. In the early 1990s, Warnock, then manager of Notts County, turned down then Chelsea (now Leeds - but not for much longer) chairman Ken Bates' offer to become Blues boss. Warnock says he has no regrets about his decision. "I don't have any regrets really because your life shapes around decisions really and I was a northern lad and I thought going beyond Watford was the end of the world in those days," he says.


    Ben Edgell on Twitter: "Disappointed Piazon isn't starting. Did well in the reserves last season and deserves an opportunity in the first team"

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Torres to score today and "gain some confidence back" then go back to not scoring. You heard it here"

  109. 1941: 

    There have been 101 matches between these two down the years. Leeds have won 39 of them, with Chelsea claiming 33 victories. There have been 29 draws. Leeds have 143 goals to Chelsea's 129.

    Their last meeting was on 15 May 2004 when Jesper Gronkjaer's goal gave Chelsea a 1-0 victory on the last day of the season over a Leeds side that, with Eddie Gray as caretaker manager, had already been relegated from the Premier League. Gray had been replaced by Kevin Blackwell for the game against the Blues.

    Chelsea have never lost to Leeds in cup competition, managing seven wins and four draws.

  110. 1938: 

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has made sure his team-mates are aware of the rivalry between the Blues and Leeds. "We know the history of Chelsea and Leeds,'' Juan Mata told the Telegraph. "They are always difficult games, competitive between supporters. Lampard told me about the rivalry. He told me the Seventies was when it started."

    Lampard himself added: "It's tough to go to Elland Road. There's a rivalry. We're aware of it and we have to play on the pitch with passion and do the physical side of things up there because they're going to be right at it. We can't expect to go up there and tap it around and get a result. We have to do both sides. Win this and we're in the semi-final and with the possibility of a decent draw but we've got to win the games."


    Kevin Baas on Twitter: "when Benitez wasn't smiling at Liverpool he did well but now he is smiling he is doing badly."

    Andrew Rutland on Twitter: "Leeds looking to add some colour to the match, with Green, Brown, White and Gray?"

  112. 1936: 

    Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez: "We will try to do our best from the first minute and maybe if we play our game it will be easier to manage the fatigue and jet lag. We'll see on the pitch. We're coming from Japan, it was busy there, and we'll use players with fresh legs and use the balance of team. It's always important to win every trophy, but we need to win this game and then think about the rest. I've been doing some research and they've given me information. Everybody is aware but that's history - we should leave everything on pitch and focus on football."

  113. 1935: 

    Another of Leeds' former Norwegian contingent, Eirik Bakke also thinks his former side have reason to be confident tonight.

    "Chelsea might be a little jet-lagged so I think Leeds have a chance. It is a one-off match so you never know what will happen," Norwegian Bakke told BBC Radio Leeds. "The games between Leeds and Chelsea are always big and the atmosphere will be brilliant. It is the kind of game that you love to play in with a full crowd."

  114. 1935: 

    There are many who view this is a game tailor-made for an upset. Chelsea are handicapped by internal strife, a hectic schedule, injuries and suspensions and, in Leeds, face a hungry side backed by a hostile home crowd on a cold, wet night in West Yorkshire.

    Former striker Tore Andre Flo, who played for both sides during his playing career, believes Leeds have reason to be confident. "Chelsea have had some problems lately and that could be a factor," he said. "Leeds have played some good matches this year and I think they can beat Chelsea."

  115. 1934: 

    One thing Leeds will no doubt have drilled extensively on in training is that Chelsea will go immediately up after they clear first ball and Ashley Cole will come out to defend short corners. Such tactical gems can be discovered on the Daily Mail website, who have printed pictures of some instructions apparently left in the Chelsea dressing room after the Corinthians game. Here's another tip for Neil Warnock: at corners David Luiz will be marking Paulinho and Branislav Ivanovic will be all over Paolo Guerrero like a rash. As uncovering weaknesses go it's hardly Lex Luthor discovering Kryptonite.


    Thomas Patterson on Twitter: "This may be the chance for Torres to score a hat trick and regain confidence an form"

    Robert Hamilton on Twitter: "First on the teamsheet has to be Aaron "caught in possession" Ramsey"

  117. 1931: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock: "The lads deserved this tie and their reward is full house. If Chelsea play to their capabilities, there's only one winner. But we hope our main players perform and their's don't. We don't want to make a fool of ourselves, so we need to start in the right way."


    From Mark in Wantage, via text: "After everything that has happened lately this is a MUST win for chelsea! After losing 3 finals already this season we have to take this seriously. It's our best chance of silverware."

  119. 1930: 

    Leeds make three changes to the side that beat Ipswich on Saturday, with regular cup goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown coming in for Paddy Kenny and midfielders Jason Pearce and Michael Brown replacing Alan Tate and David Norris.

    Seven of the Chelsea side that lined up against Corinthians in Sunday's Club World Cup final also start at Elland Road. The likes of Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard will be joined by Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, Oscar and Marko Marin. The men to drop out are Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Ramires and Eden Hazard as fit-again Daniel Sturridge - linked with a January move to Liverpool - is overlooked altogether.

  120. 1929: 

    Intriguingly, it is actually Chelsea who are coming into this game in something of a crisis. Having given the man who guided them to the Champions League title just six months grace off the back of it, they now have a man at the helm who is widely loathed by most of the fans. The defence of their European crown is over, they are 13 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United and there is still something very wrong with Fernando Torres.

    In contrast, for the first time in a while the future is looking potentially bright for Leeds, with five wins in their last six matches to re-fuel talk of a promotion push and a takeover of the club by GFH Capital due to be completed on 21st December. And wouldn't just know it, the world is ending that day (according to the Mayans). Sods law, eh?

  121. 1928: 

    At the end of the 2001-02 season, Leeds and Chelsea (on the surface at least) appeared to be pretty level-pegging. The Whites finished just two points above the Blues in the table and both qualified for the Uefa Cup. To say the two went in different directions after this is one massive understatement. Chelsea rose to the top courtesy of Roman Abramovich's cash and and Jose Mourinho's management while Leeds sank like a stone due to absolutely no cash and rank bad management. That it took an ex-Chelsea man (Ken Bates) to drag them back from the abyss has never sat well with the Leeds faithful.

  122. 1926: 

    West Yorkshire Police are taking no chances tonight. They will be speaking with both managers ahead of the tie to urge them to ensure their players do nothing that might incite opposition fans.

    Chief Supt Paul Money, of West Yorkshire Police, told The Sun: "We want the focus of the day to be action on the pitch - and for it not to be overshadowed by violence or disorder. We want to see both sets of fans enjoy what will be an exciting match and I'd ask responsible fans, who make up the vast majority, to not allow the minority of unruly fans to spoil the game."

  123. 1923: 
    LINE-UPS- Leeds v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Leeds: Ashdown, Byram, Lees, Pearce, Peltier, Green, Brown, Tonge, Thomas, Diouf, Becchio. Subs: Kenny, Varney, White, Norris, Gray, Somma, McCormack.

    Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand, Lampard, Oscar, Marin, Mata, Moses, Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Cole, Hazard, Ferreira, Piazon, Saville, Ake.

    Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)


    Howard in Weston-super-Mare, via text: "How about Mario 'The Incredible Sulk' Balotelli"

  125. 1923: 

    As is always the way with football these days, what the Warnock/Benitez row ultimately comes down to is whether the two will shake hands before kick-off. Warnock has said he is undecided on whether to grasp Rafa's palm ("I haven't thought about shaking hands yet. But I don't think I should get into that because the last time I heard from Rafa he was threatening to sue me if I mentioned [the row] again"), while Benitez says he is going to be professional about the whole affair ("There will be a lot of people watching us, so we have to behave"). Meanwhile, everyone else shrugs their shoulders and says "meh".


    Padraic on Twitter: "Predicting a comfortable victory for Chelsea tonight with Torres on the scoresheet"

    Mashidur Miah on Twitter: "If Bradford can do it to Arsenal, I expect Leeds to do the same to Chelsea"

  127. 1919: 

    As if this game needed any more spicing up, we've also got a managerial feud on the go between Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez and Leeds gaffer Neil Warnock.

    It all dates back to 2007 when Warnock and Benitez were Sheffield United and Liverpool boss respectively and the former was particularly irked by the latter's decision to field a weakened team against the Blades' relegation-rivals Fulham. Liverpool lost the game, Sheffield United were relegated and Warnock declared he would "never forgive" Benitez. What makes their relationship even more fraught is that the Spaniard's legal team later sent an email warning of possible action through the courts were he to be mentioned again. Gentlemen, have your handbags at the ready.


    Peter Stilliard on Twitter: "what about peter "good touch for a big man" crouch?"

    Jaiyejeje Midastouch on Twitter: "Is it just me that think this #cfc #lufc rivalry is overated? #averageclubs"

  129. 1914: 

    If you have never seen the footage of the 1970 FA Cup final replay, I urge you to seek it out on YouTube. As a starter, why not search for "McCreadie on Bremner", when the former went all Mortal Kombat on the latter. The referee's verdict: play on. And this is just the tip of a very dirty iceberg.

  130. 1913: 

    After almost half a decade of kicking each other all over the park, Leeds and Chelsea met in the game that would come to symbolise their ferocious rivalry and cement it in the fabric of English football. The 1970 FA Cup final and, more specifically, its replay is notorious for being one of the dirtiest matches English professional football has ever witnessed.

    Not long ago, modern day referee David Elleray reviewed the match and concluded that he would have issued six red cards and 20 yellow cards. The referee on the day, Eric Jennings, showed one solitary yellow, to Chelsea's Ian Hutchinson. It wasn't for diving.


    Mikeygnfl on Twitter: "The 1970 FA Cup Final Replay between Leeds & Chelsea is the 6th most watched TV programme in UK history"

    28m people watched that final. 28m people winced. A lot.

  132. 1908: 

    Fernando Torres starts up front for Chelsea, who bring Marko Marin and Oscar into midfield.

    Jason Pearce replaces the cup-tied Alan Tate in defence for Leeds. Jamie Ashdown starts in goal with Michael Brown coming into midfield.

  133. 1907: 

    Former Leeds United winger Eddie Gray: "Part of the rivalry was definitely the north-south divide. We were the gritty Yorkshire team and they were the fashionable boys from the Kings Road. Both teams were full of terrific players and a few feisty characters. It got personal during the games but once they were over we all got on all right."


    Dietrich Jeffreys on Twitter: "What about Brad "Indestructable" Friedel? Or even Marouane "Metal Skull" Fellaini? Maybe Theo "Not a Striker" Walcott?"

    Sean Sonnekus on Twitter: "If Leeds win tonight I wonder what the odds are on Bradford drawing Leeds in the semi-final"

  135. 1903: 

    "We were a team who could go anywhere in the country to get a result, while they were a formidable side at home but not so good on the road," Hunter told Chris Bevan. "We were classed as 'dirty Leeds' but we were a good side - a great side. We could defend and if we went 1-0 up then most of the time that was the game over, whether it was home or away. We had that edge on Chelsea but, in certain situations, for the big games they had a few flair players who could come to the fore. Peter Osgood was one, Charlie Cooke was another."

  136. 1900: 

    Harris will be in attendance for tonight's game - the first time in 30 years he has travelled to the home of the old enemy. "I'm quite looking forward to it and the reception I will get off the Leeds supporters," he told BBC Sport. "If they applaud me then it will be the first time it will have happened at Elland Road."


    Phill Reynard on Twitter: "it's night's like this, with the passion and the rivalry that show how the English game is still the best in the world"

    Rishil Patel on Twitter: "I remember my first Chelsea game. A 0-0 vs Leeds with two of their men sent off. Expecting another tempestuous affair tonight"

  138. 1855: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan recently spoke to two of this fixtures finest and most notorious contributors, defenders Norman "Bites Yer Legs" Hunter and Ron "Chopper" Harris (why don't we have nicknames like that anymore in football? Lee "Time Bomb" Cattermole, Martin "Knee Dentist" Skrtel anyone?).

  139. 1852: 

    If you really want to understand the root of the rivalry you need to look back to the mid-1960s and 70s, when Leeds, under the management of Don Revie, and Chelsea, led by Tommy Docherty, were two of the leading sides in the country. As John King, author of The Football Factory, explains: "Leeds were... portrayed as dour Yorkshiremen with a reputation for playing dirty... Chelsea, on the other hand, were the wide boys of London, dedicated followers of fashion. While Leeds were drinking tea and playing cards, Chelsea were out boozing and chasing girls [but] when it came to games between the two, however, war was declared."

    It is probably best to let the players themselves take it from here...


    Deepesh BAJ on Twitter: "Amazing how quick chelseafc went from leading the league n dreaming of CL repeat to a full blown crisis club. Bam."

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "If Leeds get the first goal tonight, were in for one hell of a contest."

    EndyOne on Twitter: "Come on Chelsea, Jet-lag can still salvage a victory tonight"


    Dex, a Liverpool fan in Hartley Wintney. via text: "Chelsea must start well if they wish to get a foothold in this match and stand a chance against a formidable Leeds side. Expecting a Chelsea loss as Rafa continues to move the club 'forwards'."

  142. 1847: 

    Most football rivalries are born out of two clubs close proximity to one another. Around 200 miles separate Stamford Bridge and Elland Road so why then has this animosity between the two developed?

    There is an element of a north/south divide about the fixture, but this comes behind the perceived contrast between the two which stereotypically portrays Chelsea as "flash" and Leeds as "gritty". It is easy to pick holes in such labels - the Chelsea side of the 60s and 70s knew how to mix it, while the Leeds equivalent played some of the most stylish football going - but the big-spending Abramovich era at Chelsea and Leeds' tumble to League One has done little to harm the respective reps.

  143. 1843: 

    If you want to listen to live commentary of tonight's game from Elland Road you can do so on BBC Radio 5 live. Build-up will start at 1900 GMT, which includes an interview with with former Leeds defender Norman Hunter on the Leeds/Chelsea rivalry. There will also be reaction to the Hillsborough announcement with the attorney general Dominic Grieve, Damian Kavanagh, who was at Hillsborough, and Keir Starmer, the head of the CPS, on tape and live input from David Conn of The Guardian.

    Alan Green and former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley are the commentary team at Elland Road.

  144. 1840: 

    On nights like this we don't really need to prod you into voicing an opinion or sharing an insight. The passion of the occasion takes care of all that. So all I need to do is give you the correct communication channels and let you get on with it. You can text us on 81111 (UK only) or tweet us using the hashtag #bbcfootball. Keep it clean, though, this is a family show.

  145. 1836: 

    On one level, tonight's main football fixture simply represents the completion of this season's Capital One Cup quarter-finals, with one of Leeds or Chelsea competing to decide who joins Aston Villa, Bradford and Swansea in the last four. On another level, though, it is the latest instalment in a 50-year feud between two old enemies, one of whom recently reached the very pinnacle of European club football and another who almost dropped off the edge of the footballing world and is now battling to restore its fortunes.

  146. 1833: 

    If you've read much of the build-up to this fixture in the morning papers you'd be forgiven for thinking we were about to experience the opening 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan as opposed to a football match. It would be fair to say that this fixture has earned itself a reputation for being a bit tasty, both in terms of skill and tackling. For every attempt by Ron Harris to break Eddie Gray in half and Billy Bremner taking an Eddie McCreadie kung-fu kick to the head there is a David Webb goal to win the FA Cup and Peter Lorimer strike to make it 4-0 before half-time.

  147. 1830: 

    English football is full of supposed rivalries. Some of these barely contain enough passion to deserve the tag. Many began with genuine hatred but have been diluted by time as absence makes the hearts of fans grow... not fonder, but more apathetic. A few, though, are cemented in the fabric of the game, destined to forever be charged with deep-rooted animosity and always a stand-out occasion for all involved. Leeds United v Chelsea is one of the latter.

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