SWANSEA (Sporting Alert) — Fernando Torres returns to the bench, while John Terry will sit next to him for Chelsea FC’s Capital One League Cup second leg semi-final clash with Swansea at The Liberty Stadium tonight.
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Chelsea are 2-0 down after losing the first leg and manager Rafa Benitez named an attacking starting lineup in the search for early goals.
Demba Ba replaces the out-of-sort Torres in the attack, while Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Frank Lampard, who captains the team tonight also start.
Meanwhile, Danny Graham was left on the bench from the start tonight for Swansea City with Michu getting the starting nod.
There had been doubts over whether the game would go ahead as planned, following heavy snowfall in south Wales, but Swansea confirms things would go as planned.
Swansea said in a a statement: “Despite the snow, the Liberty pitch is in good condition with referee Chris Foy happy with the surface following an inspection.
“The surrounding areas outside the stadium have been classed as safe but we do ask supporters to be cautious when travelling to the stadium and entering the Liberty due to the current weather conditions.
“Some bus services have been cancelled, so we advise fans to check with their local travel operator.”
Swansea City vs Chelsea Start Teams
Swansea City XI: Tremmel, Rangel, Williams (c), Chico, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge, Hernandez, Michu.
Subs: Vorm, Monk, Tiendalli, Lamah, Dyer, Shechter, Graham.
Chelsea XI: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Lampard (c), Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Ba. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Bertrand, D Luiz, Terry, Marin, Torres.