Chelsea v Swansea: Capital One Cup semi-final

Live text commentary as Swansea win 2-0 at Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

9 January 2013 Last updated at 22:23 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 2220: 

    So that's it for one night. Swansea and Bradford are in pole position to make the Capital One Cup final, but we are in for some belting second legs. They are coming up in a fortnight, while your next batch of live text action comes at the weekend. Join Marc Higginson for that one.

    Cheers for your company this evening. I'm off to watch Africa.

  2. 2217: 

    Edward Sanders on Twitter: "Too little too late from Rafa. All like for like changes. The Mourinho sub was Ba on for Azpilicueta at 60 mins."

  3. 2215: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo has just completed a hat-trick to put Real Madrid into the next round of the cup. That man is a machine. Don't forget that he comes up against Manchester United next month.

  4. 2205: 

    Michael Appleton has certainly caught they eye of chairmen in the Football League. He could be set for his third job inside 14 months here! Incredible.

  5. 2205: 

    Jack in Portsmouth on text: "Ivanovic will get the finger pointed at him, but it's our benign attacking threat that was really to blame. We should have been two up by their first goal. Too much passing and not enough penetration, and how Torres played 80 minutes I will never know. Absolutely useless player. Finally booed off the pitch. Should be on the next plane to Spain."

  6. 2203: 

    A bit of breaking news for you from Blackburn tonight - who have made a move for Blackpool boss Michael Appleton.

    A club statement from Derek Shaw, Managing Director of Blackburn Rovers, said: "I can confirm that we have made an official approach to Blackpool FC about our interest in speaking to Michael Appleton. This is the only candidate we have approached for the manager's job".

  7. 2201: 

    Missed Michu? Besotted with Bradford? You'll be wanting to catch tonight's League Cup Show on BBC One at 2305 GMT.

    Manish Bhasin is your guide through all the action from Valley Parade, as well as the best of tonight's drama. Do not miss it.

  8. 2159: 

    John Casserly on Twitter: "would love to see Swansea win the league cup, their pure football style deserves a trophy ."

    Adam Ward on Twitter: "Surely one of the best League Cup competitions in a long while. Good advert for the Cup. Anything could happen!"

    Arthur on Twitter: "Why is Rafa being blamed? Ivanovic made the silly errors, not him..."

    Richard Mills on Twitter: "Swansea v Bradford - what a fascinating League Cup Final that would make!"

  9. 2159: 

    Some canny mind games from Michael Laudrup? I'm not sure being 2-0 up is a mountain to climb, but he is right to say this tie is not over.

  10. 2156: 

    Nick, London on text: "Away goals won't mean anything for Swansea Tom: If it's extra time Chelsea will have at least 2 goals & will be the only team who can win on away goals."

    You're quite right Nick. Quite right.

  11. 2155: 
    Chelsea 0-2 Swansea

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "We've had some historic results already this season but to win here is very special. We had to defend a lot, they had a lot of possession but to be honest they only had three good chances all night.

    "Demba Ba's goal was offside, it was very tight but it was offside. They gave us two goals but you have to score them. It was a marvellous fight, we are a team that always try to play but when you play the European champions away you have to change.

    "There is still a mountain to climb, Chelsea have so much quality. We will have to play with the same intensity, they can still win and can score three or four goals against us."

  12. 2151: 

    I can't imagine Rafael Benitez will be too happy about the decision to disallow that late, late Demba Ba goal. The replays suggest that he was offside by the smallest amount imaginable. Level in old money.

  13. 2150:  
    John Murray, BBC commentator

    "Swansea have never been in a major cup final so these are great times for them. Even though they have had to change managers, they have made some excellent choices in bringing in their next manager."

  14. 2150: 

    Martin from Whitland on text: "John Terry! Fernando Torres! Frankie Lampard! Winston Churchill! Are you watching Roman? Your boys took one hell of a beating!

    Andrew in Cardiff on text: "Fully expect Villa and Chelsea to come right out and hammer Bradford and Swansea now."

    Unhappy blue in Reading on text: "Embarrassed to be a Chelsea fan...players showing little urgency while our rich owner conspires to rip the heart out of our team by getting rid of Frank."

  15. 2148:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "If you look at Bradford and Swansea they both had a plan and were highly disciplined. Swansea really deserve to come away from this game with something. Laudrup has communicated his plan, got his players focused and Michu stands out in sacrificing his creativity to do a job and they all worked very hard together. Chelsea are relying too much on the individual players rather than a collective plan but I would have expected them to have scored a couple of goals from the chances they had."

  16. 2147: 
    Chelsea 0-2 Swansea

    Swansea captain Ashley Williams: "We stuck to our gameplan and defended really well. We knew it was a massive game for the club but we didn't get carried away. The second goal is a bonus for us and gives us a bit of a cushion. They will come at us though.

    "We've got to the LDV vans final a few times but if we do get to Wembley it's massive for the club."

  17. 2145: 

    Swansea picked up two away goals tonight as well - they will come into force after extra-time of the second leg.

  18. 2142: 

    Rafael Benitez will come under some heavy flak after this defeat. It's another home game when the Blues have failed to find the net, and Demba Ba showed more threat in his 10-minute cameo than Fernando Torres managed in 80 minutes.

    Credit to Swansea though, who soaked up the pressure with ease all night and punished two errors ruthlessly.

  19. 2141: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: "4 - Chelsea have failed to score in four of Rafa Benitez's six home matches as manager, but scored 14 goals in the other two. Inconsistent."

  20. 2140: 

    Brent in London on text: "What's the opposite of the midas touch? Rafa's. Another competition lost."

    Tony, Chesham: "Rafa should leave tonight and he can take Torres with him. Both completely useless."

    Jonny from Bradford: "February 24th, Wembley. Capital One Cup Final - Bradford vs Swansea. Who saw that coming?! Come on Bradford!"

    Steady on Jonny - the second legs are still to come...

  21. 2137: 

    Demba Ba and Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel are locked in conversation as the rest of the Swans players flock to their vocal away following. Ba thinks he should have had a penalty.

    The ultimate smash-and-grab from the Welsh side, who have cashed in on two clangers from Branislav Ivanovic to move into pole position for a place in the final.

  22. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-2 Swansea
  23. 2136: 

    So much late action! Demba Ba collects Frank Lampard's flick on his chest and whacks a shot into the corner - but the flag is up! That is seriously close as well.

  24. 2134: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-2 Swansea - Danny Graham (90 mins)

    Wow! Moments after Chelsea think they should have a penalty, they are 2-0 down. Branislav Ivanovic makes another huge error, playing a blind backpass which Danny Graham seizes on, he rounds Ross Turnbull and despite a man on the line finds the net. Wembley bound?

  25. 2133: 

    Oooh now then! Big moment!

    Demba Ba runs on to a flick, he toes it past Gerhard Tremmel and goes down, is that a penalty? No, it's a booking for Demba Ba. Massive moment...

  26. 2132: 

    Another cross comes in fro Chelsea, Ashley Williams heads it out and Cesar Azpilicueta shoots high and wide. Chelsea aren't going to score are they?

  27. 2128: 

    Demba Ba sees his first action, as he loops a header straight at Gerhard Tremmel.

    His introduction has given Chelsea a real lift though, and moments later he connects with Marko Marin's cross from the right and flicks it just wide. You didn't see Fernando Torres winning any headers. Get it in the mixer...

  28. 2128:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "What Chelsea don't need is players becoming frustrated and taking irrational shots. Swansea are working really, really well together and it is all credit to Michael Laudrup."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  29. 2128: 

    Alfie Jones on Twitter: "Torres being booed off and Ba cheered like mad suggests that El Niño is well and truly done at SB."

    Andrew Plimmer on Twitter: Two Spanish number 9's, £50 million and £2 million respectively, one has definitely been 25 times better than the other #bbcfootball

  30. 2127: 

    David Luiz loses his cool and fires miles over from long range. Swansea's organisation has been first-class tonight, for all Chelsea's play they have never really hurt the Swans.

    We are into the last five minutes.

  31. 2125: 

    Changes for both sides as Rafael Benitez brings on Marko Marin for Oscar, while Swansea give Michu a breather and put Danny Graham on. Graham has scored late goals in the last two games, a third here would make this tie very, very interesting.

  32. 2124: 

    Eden Hazard's one-touch play is a joy to behold sometimes, and he creates a yard of space with a lovely lay-off. Frank Lampard doesn't turn his nose up at chances to shoot, and he rifles in a trademark hit from 25 yards but Gerhard Tremmel gets right behind it.

  33. 2123: 

    Fernando Torres is hauled off with 10 minutes left, as Demba Ba is brought on for his home debut. Is the former Newcastle man the answer?

  34. 2121: 

    I've just realised I'm missing the start of Attenborough's Africa for this. It's definitely not worth it. Superb TV.

    We have 10 minutes left though, can Chelsea find a way through?

  35. 2119: 

    Michu has the ball in the net - but he's offside. He's hardly had a sniff all game but is always looking to get in behind, and he pokes home Ki sung-Yeung's pass - but he has gone a yard too early. A warning sign for Chelsea though, as Demba Ba belatedly warms up on the touchline.

  36. 2118: 

    Crosses from wide may be the order of the day in the last 15 minutes, and Oscar obliges, whipping in a daisy-cutter from the right which Gerhard Tremmel hacks away unconventionally.

  37. 2117:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "Swansea are happy for those deep balls to keep coming in so it is up to Chelsea now to work the ball into the area, or get the ball deeper towards the goal line and cross it back."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  38. 2117: 

    Chelsea are having all of the play still, but they are not really threatening. That's been the pattern of this game from kick-off really. Swansea will be delighted with this.

  39. 2114: 

    Frank Lampard is involved, knitting together the play on the edge of the box but Ashley Williams is able to step over and clear. Michu then does well to win a free-kick from Branislav Ivanovic but David Luiz just about clears.

  40. 2113: 

    Huge ovation then as Frank Lampard, tipped for a move to Manchester United by Ray Wilkins, comes on in place of Ramires. He has exactly 20 minutes to have any influence.

  41. 2111: 

    Oscar wins a throw-in after more patient build-up, but here comes Frank Lampard. He's taken his kagoul off and is doing his best to pretend to listen to Rafa Benitez's instructions. Which are "go and play in midfield and get us a goal."

  42. 2108: 

    Eden Hazard is baulked by Angel Rangel, but the referee is not interested. Hazard looks perplexed. He now has two right-backs to get past since that Swansea change, but he looks the man most likely to spark Chelsea.

    "We want Demba Ba" is the chant now...

  43. 2108: 

    Jordan King on Twitter: "Re 2102: How has Tremmel stopped that????? I got a horrid feeling it's going to be one of those nights for Chelsea."

    Conor McMeekin on Twitter: "Come on Rafa, get a sub or two on, need more power in the midfield and someone to take chances when they come. Ie Lamps and Ba."

    Travis on Twitter: "Swansea are doing a "Chelsea Champions League park the bus" right now."

  44. 2106: 

    No sign of any Chelsea subs yet, but Frank Lampard is warming up. There are 25 minutes left.

  45. 2103: 

    We are past the hour mark, as a spectator decides to enter the fray and brings play to a halt. At least he's not naked. Dwight Tiendalli comes on for Swansea in place of Wayne Routledge.

  46. 2102:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "What a strike by David Luiz. He absolutely clouted the ball. Gerhard Tremmel got his body in the way but I thought it was just going to squeeze through. He had to anticipate where Luiz would strike the ball, so Tremmel read the situation very well."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  47. 2102: 

    Oh David Luiz is having a storming spell! Lovely move from Chelsea as they work the ball patiently from right to left, Eden Hazard then bursts in to the penalty area and Luiz takes the ball off his toes, rifling in a shot from 15 yards which almost goes through Gerhard Tremmel. The keeper gets lucky though, sandwiching the ball between his side and the ground to just about keep it out. Chelsea are knocking heavily on the door...

  48. 2100: 

    Harriet Davies on Twitter: "Why are people saying Swansea are in the final? Who turned over Bayern Munich in their back yard last year?"

    Richard Underwood on Twitter: "Michu has to be the Premier League Player of the Year. Only other candidate is RVP, but he didn't have to adapt to a new league."

  49. 2100:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "That is the sign of a man full of confidence. I am sure Michu has done that many times in training where everything has gone right. He got a decent connection but not enough to get another goal."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  50. 2058: 

    Oooh, lovely effort from David Luiz. He pings in a free-kick from 30-odd yards, side-footing it toward the corner but it spins a yard or so wide of the top corner. Swansea haven't had hardly any of the ball yet. But they are containing Chelsea pretty well as we approach the hour mark.

  51. 2056: 

    Michu is a confident man, but this was outrageous! Wayne Routledge crosses from deep on the left, Michu finds space beyond the far post and launches himself into a Mark Hughes-style scissor kick. Unfortunately for him he doesn't connect properly and the ball ends up in the stand. Sensational effort though.

  52. 2055: 

    Demba Not Ba on Twitter: "Leon Britton- the most underrated player on the country. He's what makes Swansea tick."

    Tim Collingwood on Twitter: "Michu deservedly gets a lot of credit but De Guzman has also been brilliant this season. Credit where it's due. Cracking player."

  53. 2053: 

    Chelsea keep their foot firmly on the gas at the start of this second half, Oscar drops the shoulder to sell a lovely dummy but Cesar Azpilicueta's cross is poor.

    Eden Hazard then shoots wide from 20-odd yards. Gerhard Tremmel not tested since the break yet.

  54. 2051: 

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "Don't give Swansea's scout a medal, give Laudrup a medal, he's the one that wanted Michu. Great player."

    Nigel Quelch on Twitter: "It's all set up for Ba to come on and show up Torres once again!"

    Charles Bailey on Twitter: "Magic of the FA Cup? Nothing compared to the magic of the League Cup now. Bradford v Swansea is a must! Bradford to win it!"

  55. 2051: 

    It is David Luiz, but his strike is always rising and comfortably clears the crossbar. Good start from Chelsea though.

  56. 2050: 

    Fernando Torres has started sharply in this second period, and he sees Chico Flores into the book for a trip on the edge of the box. David Luiz will fancy this free-kick...

  57. 2049:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "For Chelsea, 95% of what they did in that first half was fine. Where it did not work out is that they did not take their chances and had one moment of very poor defending."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  58. 2048: 

    Chelsea make a rapid start and Fernando Torres is in behind the defence - only to see a raised offside flag. We have to see more from Torres or surely he will be replaced by Demba Ba. Surely.

  59. 2047: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-1 Swansea

    No changes at the break then, and we are back under way.

  60. 2044: 

    Let's be honest then - who predicted a Bradford v Swansea final at the start of the season? Come on...

  61. 2043: 

    BBC Sport's Jon Barbuti on Twitter: "Michu's 16 goals have cost Swansea £125,000 each; Torres' 26 have cost Chelsea £1.9 million each."

  62. 2039: 

    Michu has now scored 16 goals this season. Bargain of the year?

  63. 2036:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "I thought the game was going well for Chelsea but Swansea will be very satisfied. It will be a frustrating second half for Chelsea as they try to break down this very resolute Swansea team."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  64. 2036: 

    Barnsley are having a right old task finding a new manager. Fresh from the rejection of Sean O'Driscoll, Terry Butcher has now told them thanks, but no thanks.

    Inverness boss Butcher has said: "I was pleased that Caley Thistle gave me the opportunity to talk to Barnsley, who were excellent to deal with. But I have decided that my future lies at Inverness."

    Keep going Tykes, it may have to be the last song at the disco, but you'll pick someone up...

  65. 2033: 

    Indeed. Chelsea have plundered goals for fun in the cups this season, and with Demba Ba and Frank Lampard waiting in the wings this one is a long way from dead yet.

  66. 2033: 

    Lee in London via text on 81111: "Taking the lead in cup games against Chelsea doesn't work out well! Ask Leeds and Southampton."

  67. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-1 Swansea
  68. 2032: 

    Chelsea work a neat free-kick as we enter stoppage time, David Luiz spinning away to the back stick and firing the ball across goal but Swansea hook it away.

  69. 2029: 

    Matt Harding on Twitter: "Tell me again why no 'big' club went in for Michu and how Swansea only paid £2 million for him? Give the Swansea scout a medal."

    Lawrence on Twitter: "Just jumped up and cheered on the 73 bus in central London when Michu scored. Awkward!"

    Dale McCaffrey on Twitter: "Too much tika-taka football, not enough Ba or Lampard!"

  70. 2029:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "There has hardly been a foul all game. Little bit temperamental there and a bit of confrontation but Pablo Hernandez lashed out with his foot. I think the referee has given him the benefit of the doubt with that one."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  71. 2028: 

    Close to an equaliser! Branislav Ivanovic wants to make amends for his part in the goal and strikes a belter from 25 yards, but Gerhard Tremmel gets across sharply to turn it away.

  72. 2027: 

    Out of nowhere, a bit of needle. Pablo Hernandez is blocked twice, fairly, by Oscar, but obviously feels he was fouled as the Swansea man chases after Oscar and scythes him down with an ugly hack. A 5-a-side challenge and he is booked.

  73. 2026:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Poor, poor play by Chelsea. Ross Turnbull and Branislav Ivanovic got themselves in all sorts of trouble. It was a wonderful strike from Michu that we have seen him do many, many times this season. Calm as you like."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  74. 2024: 
    GOAL- Chelsea 0-1 Swansea - Michu (39 mins)

    This man can really finish! Does he ever miss a chance? Michu puts Swansea ahead completely against the run of play. And it is an error at the back for Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic dawdling after a pass from Ross Turnbull, Jonathan de Guzman nips in to steal the ball and Michu curls into the corner from the edge of the box. He is deadly.

  75. 2023: 

    Here's the biggest cheer of the night so far - and you guessed it, it's Frank Lampard warming up.

  76. 2023:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Once again wonderful build up play from Chelsea. Oscar ducking and diving down the right-hand side of the pitch but the final pass is just not quite there. Sort that out and they will get the break they probably deserve."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  77. 2022: 

    Again, it's almost quality from Chelsea. Oscar dances away from Ben Davies down the right wing, beating the full-back with a superb turn, but his cross is easily dealt with by Ashley Williams. That final ball is just not coming off for the home side.

  78. 2019: 

    Still Chelsea probe away. Fernando Torres almost plays in Juan Mata, David Luiz almost plays in Oscar, Chelsea almost have a good chance. Almost.

  79. 2016: 

    Chelsea are trying though. Juan Mata again is the man to shoot, collecting Oscar's flick and firing wide from 15 yards. We are half an hour in.

  80. 2015: 

    I've got a long-standing argument with my brother, who insists that watching Barcelona is boring. Not enough crosses into the box.

    I think he's a madman, but having seen the excitement produced by Bradford last night, and the lack of mayhem on display here, I have to concede that he has a point.

  81. 2015: 

    Paul Humphreys on Twitter: This is why passing football is so over-rated - how dull is this?! Someone at least try and score!

    Jabbaar Khan on Twitter: "Chelsea need to get Ba on the pitch to show them how it's done."

    Syrup on Twitter: "Everyone taking long shots... If only we had someone good at that... Oh yeah... Lampard!!"

  82. 2013:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Mata should have done better, he was one v one there. I think he could have taken another touch and set himself up nicely on his other foot. As it was the ball was underneath him and he could not direct the ball into one of the corners of the goal."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  83. 2012: 

    It's all Chelsea now, and Eden Hazard looks to be in the mood. The Belgian skips away from a sliding challenge in midfield, commits a defender before rolling a pass into Juan Mata's stride. Mata can only side-foot straight at Gerhard Tremmel, and Hazard has a right to snarl at his team-mate. Brilliant from Hazard.

  84. 2011: 

    Chelsea threaten again as Gary Cahill heads a corner over from eight yards. A few of you are already calling for Demba Ba...

  85. 2008: 

    Eden Hazard works some magic in the D, it falls to Juan Mata but his curling shot is well blocked by Ben Davies. Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta then collects the loose ball and fizzes a shot just wide from 25 yards. Applaud the intent.

  86. 2008:  
    Graeme Le Saux, Former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "The great thing about the Swansea personnel is that they can keep the ball, keep disciplined but they also have a huge threat going forward as they have pace down the flanks as well as Michu, who is a great goalscorer. So as soon as there is a space they will exploit it."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  87. 2007: 

    Here we go - a shot! Angel Rangel wins the ball back off David Luiz high up the pitch, it spins out to Michu 25 yards from goal and the in-form striker wastes no time in getting a shot away. It's hard and low, but straight at Ross Turnbull who keeps it out at the second attempt.

  88. 2005: 

    Roberto Di Matteo gets a round of applause and some chants at Stamford Bridge - the former Chelsea manager remains a hero for winning that Champions League. The fact I'm telling you about a chant reveals that this is not the most thrililng encounter at the moment.

  89. 2002: 

    Chelsea keep the ball for about 100 passes before Ashley Williams is able to force Juan Mata into a mistake. We've had 15 minutes of passing with not much danger. Someone have a dig...

  90. 2000: 

    From Michael, London (Spurs fan), via text on 81111: Re Mark, 1947: Put a season in jeopardy just for sentimentality? That's crazy. If he's good enough he should start, and if he starts and is good enough he may break the record. Don't play him just to try and achieve something that is, to the club, worthless."

  91. 1959: 

    Chelsea are dictating the play now, with Swansea looking to be compact and then hit them on the break if they can. Pablo Hernandez has a couple of bursts up the wing but he's well marshalled by Ashley Cole. Leon Britton then plays a superb pass out to the Spaniard but he had strayed a yard offside. Superb vision though from Britton.

  92. 1956: 

    Almost a brilliant goal for Chelsea! Oscar and Eden Hazard unlock the Swansea defence with some super-slick one touch stuff on the edge of the area, Ramires runs into the space, cuts inside one man but goes for the toe-poke under pressure and can't get enough power to beat Gerhard Tremmel.

  93. 1954: 

    Fernando Torres has his first effort of the night, collecting a neat flick from Eden Hazard before shooting high and wide from 25 yards.

    Chelsea have scored at least five in every Capital One Cup game this season. They are due a goal then.

  94. 1953:  
    Graeme Le Saux, former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    "Little bit of pressure by Chelsea there. They showed how quickly they can turn defence into attack with these creative players. It was a decent ball in but relatively easy to defend for Swansea."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.

  95. 1953: 

    Will McCormick on Twitter: "Every time #CFC play Swansea, Swansea play brilliantly. Expecting a good, but tight game with neat football in between #bbcfootball."

  96. 1952: 

    Juan Mata whips in a corner for Chelsea and David Luiz almost gets on the end of it, Fernando Torres then retrieves the ball out on the left and crosses in, but Gary Cahill can only divert the ball well over the bar. Chelsea looking good here.

  97. 1950: 

    Attractive opening from both sides. For all their pretty passing, Swansea struggled to create much against Arsenal at the weekend until Michu came on and scored within 90 seconds or so. The Spaniard is on from the start tonight though. He's not seen any of the ball yet, as David Luiz looks to pick out Fernando Torres with a cute pass but he can't connect.

  98. 1950:  
    Graeme Le Saux, former Chelsea defender on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge

    On goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel starting for Swansea: "This is what managers do when they rotate players in different competitions. They play a player who might not necessarily be involved but there is a loyalty involved in playing a player who has helped to get them where they are."

  99. 1947: 

    Mark on text: "If Lampard starts every game between now and the end of the season he has a real chance to break Chelsea's scoring record. If CFC aren't going to give him a new contract then the least they can do is give him the best possible chance to do it write his name in the history books. Imagine a midfielder getting over 200 goals for one club! Has it ever been done?"

  100. 1946: 

    Swansea have gone for their rather natty red, white and green kit tonight, keeping it Welsh. It is the visitors who settle into their passing rhythm first, popping it around at the back with their usual confidence and ease.

  101. 1945: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Swansea

    Game on...

  102. 1942: 
    Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "You have to manage the squad and when we brought Demba Ba we knew it would be good for him and for Fernando Torres."

    Asked whether he is enjoying his role at Chelsea, Benitez added: "I always like to be on the bench, coaching and managing players so for sure I am enjoying this job. I worked for 20 years in Spain as a coach working with a technical director, so I am used to it."

  103. 1941: 

    The players are in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge - one of these sides is 180 minutes away from Wembley. Unless we have extra-time in the second leg. Or penalties.

  104. 1940: 

    A Manchester United side containing Frank Lampard and Robin van Persie? It would seem madness a year or two ago, but who knows. We could see that soon...

  105. 1940: 

    Does Ray Wilkins think Frank Lampard would struggle to win over the Manchester United fans if he were to move?

    "No not at all - he'll win them over because of his footballing ability. If you look at Old Trafford, if anything they lack goals from the middle of the pitch. They've got goals coming from everywhere else, full-back, centre-half, but from the middle they are not scoring as regular as when Scholes was a tad younger, but Frank will guarantee you goals because he has that knack of arriving at the right situation and the right time to put the ball in the back of the net, and he finishes like a forward and not a midfield player.

    "Frank has been an unbelievable servant to Chelsea and I honestly felt they would have given him maybe a year or two more, but they have obviously decided to take a different look at the way things are going at Stamford Bridge and alter their philosophy."

  106. 1937: 

    Former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins has been talking to BBC Radio Manchester's Red Wednesday about the possibility of Frank Lampard leaving Chelsea for Manchester United in the summer.

    Wilkins said: "Frank will want to continue to play, he'll want to continue to win and play at a high level, and there's no higher level than Old Trafford and you have the master of utilising the older player in Sir Alex Ferguson. So I think it would be a tremendous move for Frank and a good one for Manchester United as well."

    "His fitness levels belies his age, his fitness levels are incredible. If you play him in 30 games he'll score you close to 20 goals and there's no reason why he shouldn't continue. Yes he's getting older but you only have to see the performances Giggs and Scholes themselves have put in over the last few years, and they are four years older than Frank, some outstanding performances, so there's no reason why Frank still doesn't have that in his locker."

  107. 1934: 
    Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez: "We always have the same idea which is to try and score and then keep pushing and pushing. There will be no different approach, it is just another game at home where you have to be on top from the beginning. We want to win every game we play. We are so close to the final and we have to play the team we think can win the game.

    "For Swansea, Michu is a threat but all of them are good players, they play good passing football."

  108. 1933: 

    Abdullah Hersea on Twitter: "Come on Chelsea, Backing Torres to Shine On his 100th Chelsea Appearance"

  109. 1931: 

    Apparently tonight is the first time Ashley Cole has started a league cup game in five years...

  110. 1928: 
    Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "I have only been here half a season but we have reached a semi-final and done some great work along the way. Now we are playing the European champions, but tonight is the first half against a great side.

    "The last time we played it was a draw but Juan Mata did not play last time and he is playing tonight and I think he is a key player. They will probably have more possession but it is important to always have in mind to get a goal.

    "We have to defend but not too deep because they have so much quality and if we did that they would score sooner or later. Getting an away goal is important."

  111. 1924: 

    Chelsea's days as the biggest spenders in town are officially over - well, sort of. Maybe.

    The Stamford Bridge club's latest reveal that the overall wages paid out by Chelsea in the year ending June 2012 actually fell by £18million to £171million - compared to Manchester City who saw their wages break through the £200million barrier.

    And they still can't afford to offer Frank Lampard a deal?

  112. 1923: 

    Leigh in Devon on text: "Torres needs to play well & score tonight or the fans will start to lose patience with him & start singing for Demba Ba."

    Chris, Kilburn on text: "I've always thought of Chelsea as a kind of Frankenstein's monster built in the half-light of dawn out of really clever bits and a lot of hope."

  113. 1922: 

    If you've yet to see a quite simply brilliant evening of League Cup magic from Bradford last night, make sure you tune in to tonight's League Cup Show on BBC One at 2305 GMT.

    Manish Bhasin is your guide through all the action from Valley Parade, as well as the best of tonight's drama.

  114. 1919: 

    Johnny Magrinho on Twitter: "If Torres has become surplus to requirements at Chelsea we'll have him back at Liverpool - Rodgers' playing style would suit him perfectly!"

    They could do a swap deal for Daniel Sturridge...

  115. 1917: 

    After the flurry of activity that saw Demba Ba and Daniel Sturridge move within hours of the window opening, it's all gone a bit quiet in the Premier League.

    Sunderland have signed someone today though, they've brought in Bursaspor midfielder Alfred N'Diaye, 22, on a three-and-a-half-year contract, for an undisclosed fee..

    Reading have signed Crawley midfielder Hope Akpan, and Bolton Wanderers have signed Barnsley striker Craig Davies for an undisclosed fee that is believed to be £300,000.

  116. 1914:  
    Former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux on BBC Radio 5 live at Stamford Bridge:

    "It seems bizarre that the term 'interim' is still being written but ultimately Rafael Benitez is very experienced and I am sure he sees this opportunity as a chance to work with world class players, and if things go well there is the chance for a long-term future.

    "He has been very pragmatic about it all and I do feel he has started to put his authority on the team. He has brought David Luiz into midfield and he is not frightened to deal with the issues when dealing with the press. I am sure he is enjoying every moment."

    There will be full live coverage of the match on BBC Radio 5 live and online

  117. 1913: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Chelsea: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres. Subs: Hilario, Lampard, Ferreira, Marin, Ba, Bertrand, Ake.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu. Subs: Vorm, Graham, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Agustien.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

  118. 1911: 

    Demba Ba could not have done much more than score twice on his Chelsea debut at the weekend, and that battle to be the main striker promises to be a fascinating one. Will we see a lot of a sulking Spaniard on the bench in the coming weeks?

  119. 1911: 

    Arthur from Peterborough on text: "I see Chelsea are resting Ba for the Premier League and giving Torres a run out in the league cup #priorites"

  120. 1909: 

    Shock defeat to QPR aside, Chelsea are flying of late.

    They stuck five past Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend, won at Goodison, thrashed Aston Villa 8-0 and beat Leeds 5-1 in the quarter-final of this cup.

    So it looks like we are in for plenty of goals this evening. Any predictions?

  121. 1907: 
    Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Fernando Torres leads the line for Chelsea as new striker Demba Ba drops to the bench after scoring twice in the 5-1 FA Cup win at Southampton at the weekend. Torres, making his 100th appearance for Chelsea, is one of just two changes, with Oscar coming in for Victor Moses.

    Danny Graham is not included in the Swansea starting line-up as boss Michael Laudrup makes five changes. Graham, who scored a late equaliser in the FA Cup match against Arsenal last time out, has been the subject of speculation over his future in recent weeks.

  122. 1905: 

    Everyone loves a Cupset. Except Aston Villa fans, obviously.

    Tonight though is all about two Premier League thoroughbreds going toe-to-toe. Swansea's last two games have both featured late goals from Danny Graham, have both finished 2-2, and have both been highly entertaining.

    They will be no mugs tonight - but Chelsea under Rafa Benitez have been cooking on gas...

  123. 1903: 

    Capital R on Twitter: "Gangsta's Paradise still gets a worthy play even today... So why not play Lampard? #classics"

  124. 1901: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert was sticking to the script after the game last night, and he reckons his side are still well in touch.

    "We're still in the tie, absolutely," he said. "It'll be a different game at home. It's only half time."

    That second leg takes place at Villa Park on Tuesday, 22 January. I'm already excited about it.

  125. 1901: 

    Jamie, Essex on text: "Halloween 1995 was my 11th Birthday, I'm now 28 and married with 2 kids. Frank Lampard, longevity!"

    James Holmes on text: "Chelsea to win 7-0 with Lamps grabbing all seven after coming from the bench to take him to the magic double hundred. Stranger things have happened - like Bradford beating more PL teams than QPR this season."

  126. 1859: 

    So, Bradford then.

    Last night they took a stupendous 3-1 lead over Aston Villa in the other Capital One Cup semi-final, with a performance arguably even better than the one which saw off Arsenal in the last round.

    Can the League Two club hold on at Villa Park and make it to Wembley?

  127. 1859: 
    Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    Michael Laudrup is desperate to guide Swansea to a first major trophy in the club's 100-year history, which would seem a distinct possibility should they overcome Chelsea in the League Cup tonight.

    Both teams are in good shape going into the game. Swansea's squad are proving they have the depth to cope with a congested fixture list - so far - while Chelsea are going from strength to strength as an attacking force, especially with the addition of prolific striker Demba Ba from Newcastle. Over two tension-filled legs, it should be quite a tussle.

  128. 1857: 

    Steve in Sussex on text via 81111: "Swansea fans ALWAYS BELIEVE!!! Any mental weaknesses in the Chelsea team will be pounced upon!!"

  129. 1856: 

    Swansea defender Chico Flores on Twitter: "Without risk in the fight, there is no glory in victory !! !! Come on Swansea today !!"

  130. 1855: 

    No Frank Lampard then - that was always going to happen...

  131. 1855: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    There is no Frank Lampard or Demba Ba in the Chelsea line-up. Fernando Torres starts up front.

  132. 1853: 

    So what do we all expect tonight - will Chelsea continue their fine goalscoring form? Can Michu trouble the big boys once more? Are Chelsea really going to let Frank Lampard leave in the summer? And will this game come anywhere close to matching Bradford's antics last night? Let's hope so...

    Text us your thoughts to 81111 (UK Only), including your name, or Tweet us on the hashtag #bbcfootball. If there are any other sporting greats to have played for both of tonight's sides, feel free to tip us off...

  133. 1852: 
    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Chelsea v Swansea (1945 GMT)

    There's no Danny Graham in the Swansea line-up, but it's a very strong side. Michu leads the line.

  134. 1850: 

    Will Frank Lampard even play tonight? It will ruin my intro somewhat if he doesn't, but that wouldn't surprise me. Team news should be with you soon...

  135. 1848: 

    Frank Lampard was a mere slip of a boy when he had a loan spell in south Wales, with his sole goal for the Swans coming in a 2-0 win at Brighton's old Goldstone ground. The other scorer that day was Steve Torpey.

    We've all moved on a bit since then, but some things never change. Gangsta's Paradise remains a stonewall classic, and Lampard remains a real goal threat.

    His penalty in the 5-1 win at Southampton at the weekend means he is now Chelsea's joint second-highest goal-scorer alongside Kerry Dixon, with 193 goals for the Blues. Will he get to 200?

  136. 1845: 

    Halloween, 1995.

    Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise was topping the charts, the film adaptation of SNES classic Mortal Kombat was somehow top of the box office, Newcastle were top of the Premier League and Manchester City were rooted to the bottom, having only picked up two points from their opening 11 games.

    Crazy times. It was also the date that a young midfielder by the name of Frank Lampard scored his only league goal for Swansea.

    Tonight, a somewhat older Lampard and his Chelsea team-mates will be looking to put the knife in to the Swansa in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final. Can the Swans cause another upset? Can anyone beat Bradford? It's all go...

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9 Jan 2013 23:59 UK