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John Terry does not know where he stands in Chelsea pecking order

I don't know where I stand any more, admits bit-part Chelsea skipper Terry

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

14:33 GMT, 18 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:01 GMT, 18 April 2013

John Terry insists he is fully fit and able to play up to three games a week – but he admits he does not know where he stands in the Chelsea pecking order any more.

A regular fixture for the Blues for over a decade, the former England captain has been in and out of the side since injuring his knee against Liverpool in November with David Luiz, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill all often being preferred in the centre of defence.

Interim manager Rafa Benitez left the
club captain on the bench for the entirety of the FA Cup semi-final
defeat by Manchester City on Sunday, but Terry says he has not and will
not complain if he is dropped.

Benched: John Terry (left) sat out the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City

Benched: John Terry (left) sat out the FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City

Double salvo: Terry netted twice against Fulham on Wednesday night

Double salvo: Terry netted twice against Fulham on Wednesday night

The 32-year-old told the Evening Standard: 'With Gary coming back, I don’t know where that puts me in the pecking order. All I can do is train hard and, when I get a chance, play well.

'There are no complaints. If the manager is straight with me and tells me, that’s fine. I accept the rotation system. I can definitely play twice a week, three games a week if need be. I don’t know where that (doubt) arose from.

'I’m fit, I’m training every day and have been for the last three months, so I just want to set the record straight.

'I’m
available but, at the same time, if the manager chooses not to pick me,
there is not a problem because I’m Chelsea through and through and I
want nothing more than to get Champions League football.

'If
that means me playing, great, if not, I will be the biggest supporter
in the dressing room. It’s down to me to work hard and maybe prove him
(Benitez) wrong.'

Committed to the cause: Terry says he will not complain about sitting on the bench

Committed to the cause: Terry says he will not complain about sitting on the bench

Back of the net: Terry's headed brace at Craven Cottage took his goal tally for the season to six

Back of the net: Terry's headed brace at Craven Cottage took his goal tally for the season to six

Back of the net: Terry's headed brace at Craven Cottage took his goal tally for the season to six

Competition: David Luiz

Competition: David Luiz

Consistent: Gary Cahill

Consistent: Gary Cahill

Solid: Branislav Ivanovic

Solid: Branislav Ivanovic

JOHN TERRY UNDER RAFA BENITEZ

John Terry

Matches played: 13

Won: 7

Drawn: 2

Lost: 4

Goals: 5

Bookings: 1

Games not featured: 26

Ashley Cole ruled out for two weeks but Rafa Benitez insists Chelsea can cope against Rubin Kazan

Cole ruled out for two weeks but Benitez insists Chelsea can cope in Kazan crunch

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

12:35 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

13:07 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rafa Benitez has revealed that Chelsea will be without Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill for at least two weeks.

Cole was rested for the Premier League defeat by Southampton but returned to face Manchester United in Chelsea’s FA Cup quarter-final victory at Stamford Bridge.

But he injured his hamstring in the opening quarter of the match and was replaced by Ryan Bertrand – who may end up having to play four times in a week.

Look here: Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez and defender Ryan Bertrand speak to the press on Wednesday

Look here: Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez and defender Ryan Bertrand speak to the press on Wednesday

All smiles: John Terry (centre left) and Juan Mata (centre right) tussle during Chelsea training on Wednesday

All smiles: John Terry (centre left) and Juan Mata (centre right) tussle during Chelsea training on Wednesday

Ahead of Thursday night’s match
against Rubin Kazan, Benitez said: ‘I’d say at least two weeks for both
Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill. We are without Oriol Romeu as you know and
Demba Ba cannot play. That’s it.

‘You train to do little things because you do not have much time and you cannot push too hard.

‘We concentrate one game at a time so we pick a team who can win any game and concentrate on this game. They have to be ready for any game.

‘Since I came and with the fixtures we have I think we’re doing really well.’

The victory over United has proved a huge boost for the under-fire manager, at a club who have become somewhat FA Cup specialists.

‘We proved against a team at the top of the table and a manager with the most trophies in England that we can compete against anyone if we have the time and players available. One game every three days, you cannot do everything you want to do. I’m happy with what we’re doing. It was an important game for us. We did really well against United and it shows we can reach this level. We played against a very good team.’

Bertrand added: ‘Ashley’s injury means it’s a chance for me to come in and play in the next few games but it’s important to focus on the next game and make sure we get the right result.

‘As a player you want to win each game you go into and as far in every competition as you can.'

Asked about Rubin, he said: ‘They’ve done well, they’ve knocked out the holders and they will give us tough competition.’

Limped off: Ashley Cole was injured in the FA Cup replay victory over Manchester United on Monday

Limped off: Ashley Cole was injured in the FA Cup replay victory over Manchester United on Monday

Crocked: Centre-back Gary Cahill (left) also faces a spell on the sidelines due to injury

Crocked: Centre-back Gary Cahill (left) also faces a spell on the sidelines due to injury

Soldiering on: Fernando Torres is ready to face Rubin Kazan despite his facial injury

Soldiering on: Fernando Torres is ready to face Rubin Kazan despite his facial injury

Gary Cahill out of England against San Marino

Taylor called up to replace crocked Cahill as England's defensive crisis deepens after Ferdinand farce

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

09:58 GMT, 19 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:19 GMT, 19 March 2013

Gary Cahill has joined the list of England casualties after being ruled out of Friday's clash with San Marino.

Cahill hurt his knee during Chelsea's win over West Ham at the weekend and will play no part against the minnows in Rimini.

Manager Roy Hodgson, who has already lost Rio Ferdinand and Michael Dawson and brought in Joleon Lescott and Steven Caulker, has called up uncapped Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor.

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Crocked: Gary Cahill picked up an injury during Chelsea's win over West Ham and will miss out for England

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

Fitness fight: England defender Cahill will be reassessed before Tuesday's crunch clash with Montenegro

An FA statement read: 'Chelsea
defender Gary Cahill has been ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifier
with San Marino on Friday evening.

'Cahill
was assessed by England medical staff on Monday and will not be able to
take part in the match, but will be reassessed later in the week with a
view to the second of England’s two qualifiers, against Montenegro on
Tuesday.'

Taylor earns his call-up on the back
of a string of fine performances for the Magpies. He has represented
England at every level from Under 16 through to Under 21 and earned a
place in the full squad for a friendly against Germany in 2007.

More to follow…

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

SOS: Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been called in to the England squad by boss Roy Hodgson

Xavi Hernandez: Nani red card very harsh from Cuneyt Cakir

Barcelona star Xavi condemns Turkish referee Cakir for 'very harsh' Nani red card

By
Pete Jenson

PUBLISHED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:57 GMT, 8 March 2013

Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has added his voice to the condemnation of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir’s sending off of Nani against Real Madrid.

The Spain international told Mundo Deportivo: 'Nani is going for the ball so I think it was very harsh. It changes the game; a red card should be for something much worse. There is so little between the big teams in Europe that a sending off makes so much difference.

'I always say with these incidents that you have to look at the intention of the player. Nani is looking at the ball and not at the defender. For me it is very harsh.'

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Controversy: Cakir gives Nani his marching orders on Tuesday night

Barcelona benefited from a similar sending off two years ago at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid. But Xavi said: 'I don’t think it is the same because Pepe goes to make the foul. He can see (Dani) Alves throughout the entire incident.

'Nani, on the other hand, doesn’t. Nani sees the ball and wants to control it. He is ‘playing’, not ‘defending’, he does not set out to foul the opponent so the two incidents are completely different.'

Meanwhile, Cakir defended his decision today, telling newspaper AS: 'I feel good and I do not doubt my decisions. Nani's red was correct. The world will realise the truth over time.'

The official also brandished other high-profile red cards in matches involving English teams, dismissing John Terry in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona last season, Mario Balotelli in a Europa League game against Dynamo Kiev and, earlier this season, Steven Gerrard during England's World Cup draw with Ukraine and Gary Cahill in the Club World Cup defeat to Corinthians.

'In the previous games with the English teams there was no unfair decision,' Cakir added.

'What decision was incorrect The red to Terry or Balotelli I don't think I made a mistake in showing those cards and sending them off.'

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Fury: Sir Alex Ferguson has vented his anger at the official

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Swift exit: Cakir is seen leaving Manchester on Wednesday

Regarding being at the centre of controversy this week, Cakir said: 'It hasn't made me feel sad. I don't think about it.

'I've received more criticism on other occasions, but I've always got up and recovered. I can do it again.'

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Backing: Xavi (centre) sympathised with Nani

Rafa Benitez and John Terry laugh together in Chelsea training ahead of Europa League game

Best of Friends: Benitez and captain Terry all smiles during Chelsea training session

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

13:07 GMT, 20 February 2013

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UPDATED:

16:16 GMT, 20 February 2013

Rafa Benitez looks as if he’s finally found a friend at Stamford Bridge, with the interim manager and captain John Terry sharing a joke at the Chelsea’s Cobham training ground today.

The rest of the squad also looked in
good spirits as they prepare to face Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge
tomorrow in the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie, which
they lead 1-0.

Two players who won't be involved are Frank Lampard and defender Branislav Ivanovic, who Benitez confirmed would be rested.

Reports last week suggested Benitez and the Chelsea captain had a falling-out over Terry being selected on the bench due to a recurring knee injury, but there were clearly no hard feelings.

Scroll down for Kevin Quigley's video from Chelsea training

Buried the hatchet: Terry (right) and Benitez joke around during Chelsea's Cobham training session today

Buried the hatchet: Terry (right) and Benitez joke around during Chelsea's Cobham training session today

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luiz

Still got it: Benitez (left) controls the ball while Brazilian defender David Luiz (left) has a laugh at training today

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Wrapping up warm: Fernando Torres (left) and Yossi Benayoun laugh as training begins today

Wrapping up warm: Fernando Torres (left) and Yossi Benayoun laugh as training begins today

The former England skipper insisted he had no problem with starting games on the bench, as long as Chelsea were winning games, while accepting fans’ criticism of the unpopular Benitez’s reign.

‘They pay their money so they are entitled to echo their thoughts,’ said Terry. ‘The most important thing is the team winning games.

'People speak about things but it’s not about Rafa, it’s not about me, it’s not about Lamps, it’s not about anybody.

Good spirits: Frank Lampard (left) and David Luiz share a joke today while the squad prepare for the visit of Sparta Prague in the Europa League tomorrow night, with the Blues ahead 1-0

Good spirits: Frank Lampard (left) and David Luiz share a joke today while the squad (led by Gary Cahill, below) prepare for the visit of Sparta Prague in the Europa League tomorrow night, with the Blues ahead 1-0 in the tie

cfc training

cfc training

‘It’s about this football club winning games and if we’re doing that the fans are happy. That’s all they want to see.

‘If that’s with me in the side, great; if not, then I will be their biggest supporter and I’ll sit there and support the team like the fans will.

‘If you are losing games, the pressure is on the manager. If you’re winning games, that gets taken away. Hopefully, as a group of players we can do that and it takes the pressure off him.’

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Rio Ferdinand must be recalled by England – Neil Ashton

Neil Ashton: Cahill's slip against Brazil shows Hodgson needs Ferdinand at the heart of England's defence

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

00:07 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

01:39 GMT, 7 February 2013

High up in the stands at Wembley, the best available central defender in the country left his calling card. Rio Ferdinand is itching to play for England again, tweeting in advance of Brazil’s visit that he was on his way to north-west London.

Ferdinand will never give up hope, and Gary Cahill’s elementary mistake at the start of the second half is the reason why.

This is the scenario unfolding for England’s head coach Roy Hodgson as he continues to hide behind the ‘footballing reasons’ for Ferdinand’s continued exclusion. Cahill is a good defender, but not good enough at the very highest level.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

Out in the cold: Rio Ferdinand has not played for England since the draw with Switzerland last June

He was brutally exposed when his failure to complete a pass allowed Fred, on as a substitute, to equalise at the start of the second half.

There will have been reminders from Hodgson at half-time for England to keep their composure after Wayne Rooney’s sweetly taken goal put them in front. Instead the mistake by Cahill is a cause for concern, an alarming moment for a player with a Champions League winner’s medal.

Until that moment he had done well enough, twice snuffing out the threat of Neymar in the first half as the Brazilian worried England’s defence.

At 34, Ferdinand is still good enough to represent his country. Frank Lampard, who scored after coming on in the second half, is the same age. Lampard has been assured that he will be part of Hodgson’s squad if England get through Group H and board the plane to Brazil next summer.

By then he will be nearly 36 and the assumption is that the remaining members of the Golden Generation will call it a day after the World Cup.

Gutted: Gary Cahill is dejected after his mistake allowed Fred to equalise for Brazil against England (below)

Gutted: Gary Cahill is dejected after his mistake allowed Fred to equalise for Brazil against England (below)

Fred scores against England

Lampard has made 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for Chelsea this season, but if Hodgson is number crunching then Ferdinand represents full value as well. The Manchester United defender has started 19 games for the club in the Premier League and come on as a substitute in one other.

He is playing, unquestionably, for the best team in the country and his selection, fitness permitting, against Real Madrid next week is automatic.

That is a Champions League tie, a second-round first-leg clash in the Bernabeu where Cristiano Ronaldo and Co will take some beating.

Fergie always turns to Ferdinand in big games, just as he has against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea.

In command: Ferdinand has impressed in defence for Manchester United this season

In command: Ferdinand has impressed in defence for Manchester United this season

After his injury just days before the start of the 2010 World Cup, Ferdinand made only a handful of appearances under Fabio Capello the following season.

Hodgson has never picked him in a squad, preferring John Terry at the heart of his defence until he made the surprise decision to retire.

Recalling Ferdinand would provide some mild embarrassment for Hodgson, but ending the defender’s international career on the Tube is way out in front when it comes to wincing.

England have important games next month, particularly when they travel to Montenegro for a vital World Cup qualifier.

Those are the games that really count at international level, true tests for the top players.

Italy's Franco Baresi

Paolo Maldini

Examples: Franco Baresi (left) and Paolo Maldini both continued into their thirties at international level

Some of the great defenders, Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi among them, have been to World Cups when they were well past their prime.

Simply because they were 34 at the time didn’t make them bad players and that is something Hodgson should consider carefully when he selects his squad next month.

Beyond that, Hodgson hopes this team will be heading for Brazil and the World Cup finals.
To do well, he will need England’s best players with him.

John Terry tells Chelsea there are no excuses for slump

Sort it out! Terry tells Chelsea team-mates there are NO excuses for sorry slump in form and that they MUST finish in top four

By
Ben Rumsby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:01 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:43 GMT, 29 January 2013

John Terry has told his Chelsea team-mates to 'liven up', insisting rotation was no excuse for their recent ills.

Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury in Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brentford and was far from impressed by another 'lacklustre' performance as they narrowly avoided a humiliating giant-killing.

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Unimpressed: John Terry has warned Chelsea their current form is not good enough

Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

No holding back: Terry reckons Chelsea need to buck up their ideas and Gary Cahill appeared to have taken his skipper's words on board judging by this full-bloodied challenge on Fernando Torres during training today

It was the latest in a long line of
disappointing results in key games this season, which has seen Chelsea's
interest in five trophies ended already and has left them 11 points
behind leaders Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League title
race.

Interim manager Benitez has bemoaned the
lack of resources at his disposal during what has been a punishing run
of games but Terry insisted the current squad is capable of more.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground

Chelsea's Fernando Torres during a training session at the Cobham Training Ground on 29th January 2013 in Cobham, England

Letting fly: Eden Hazard (left) and Torres (right) lash the ball about during free-kick practice today at Cobham

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Talking tactics: Chelsea's Rafael Benitez chats with Juan Mata during a training session at Chelsea's Cobham HQ today

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

Narrow escape: Chelsea nearly suffered FA Cup humiliation at Brentford last Sunday

He told Chelsea TV: 'We need to liven up
a bit and realise the importance to the fans and the club. Champions
League football is a must next season.

'We saw last season, going to the
Champions League final, suffering with all the extra games and stuff
like that, we ended up finishing sixth in the League.

'It's difficult but we have a squad and it's down to the players who come in to rotate and play well.'

Sunday was Terry's first start since he suffered a knee injury in November but it was Chelsea's 40th game already this season.

He added: 'Even though it's great to be back personally, on a team level we should be winning the game and now we've made it difficult for ourselves with a replay again.

'We have another game we could do without but we should beat them at the Bridge. I was disappointed because we didn't fight and they wanted it more.

'We're not (winning any trophies at the moment). It's disappointing going to Swansea and not scoring over two legs of the (Capital One Cup) semi-final. Being so lacklustre, like we were at Brentford.

'Over the two legs against Swansea, at home we did better but going there, I'd rather we'd lost that three or 4-0 and give it a go and we didn't do that.'

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Back in action: Terry made his long-awaited first start since returning from injury at Brentford

Gary Cahill"s partner gives birth to baby boy

Yeah baby! Cahill misses Stoke win as partner gives birth to boy… but what will they call it

By
Martha Kelner

PUBLISHED:

23:45 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:59 GMT, 12 January 2013

Gary Cahill was allowed to skip the match at Stoke as his girlfriend Gemma gave birth to a baby boy, and had double cause for celebration as Chelsea got back on track with a 4-0 victory.

'We were training with Gary Cahill yesterday and had worked out the shape of the team with him,' said Rafael Benitez, 'but he had to go because his partner had a baby.

'The baby's fine, he's happy, she's happy, and we are happy, so everything has gone well.'

In training: Gary Cahill was with the squad this week but missed the trip to Stoke

In training: Gary Cahill was with the squad this week but missed the trip to Stoke

Some obvious options arise for the baby's name. First, 'Frank' – in honour of Lampard, who became Chelsea's second all-time top scorer with his 194th goal, a well-executed penalty greeted by the travelling fans with a chorus of 'Sign him up'.

Second, 'John' – after Terry, who came off the bench for his first appearance for Chelsea since suffering a knee injury in November.

Or 'Eden' – after Hazard, who scored a screamer to cap a fantastic win.

Super 8: Frank Lampard scored again from the spot for Chelsea

Super 8: Frank Lampard scored again from the spot for Chelsea

Bad day at the office: Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty

Bad day at the office: Jonathan Walters scored two own goals and missed a penalty

More controversial, 'Rafael' and 'Fernando', after Benitez and Torres.

The manager, much maligned by fans, insisted his squad are still happy in training despite the reported discontent of his 50m out-of-form striker.

Finally, 'Jonathan', in recognition of the calamitous match for Stoke's Walters, who scored two fantastic own-goals and missed a penalty to complete a disastrous day at the office for Tony Pulis's team.

John Terry makes Chelsea return and gives away a penalty

Terry makes top flight return after two month absence… and concedes a penalty!

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

17:44 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:16 GMT, 12 January 2013

Chelsea captain John Terry made his return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday afternoon against Stoke.

It wasn't quite the return he would have envisaged, his foul on Jon Walters seeing the Potters awarded a late penalty.

On other days this may have been disastrous for Chelsea, but thanks to two Walters' own goals, a Frank Lampard spot kick and an Eden Hazard belter, the Blues were already 4-0 up.

Back to business: John Terry enters the fray with 10 minutes to go against Stoke

Back to business: John Terry enters the fray with 10 minutes to go against Stoke

Leader: Terry takes the armband from Juan Mata and resumed his role as Chelsea skipper

Leader: Terry takes the armband from Juan Mata and resumed his role as Chelsea skipper

Not making amends: Walters smashed his penalty high over the bar to compound a terrible afternoon

Not making amends: Walters smashed his penalty high over the bar to compound a terrible afternoon

Regardless, Walters saved Terry's blushes anyway by thumping the spot kick over the bar.

Terry was brought on as a substitute for Juan Mata in the 79th minute and instantly took the armband, ignoring the now-traditional abuse from the opposition fans.

The skipper's return capped a superb afternoon for Rafa Benitez, who has not been able to deploy the defender during his time as interim Chelsea manager because of a knee injury.

Terry sustained the problem after a clash
with Liverpool's Luis Suarez on November 11 and although initially he
seemed set for a quick return, only appeared on Thursday night the the
Chelsea U21s.

Benitez said: 'I was trying to give
him some minutes to see how he was. I watched him in the reserve team
but this is totally different, so we played five at the back and tried
to protect him a bit.

'We will see how he trains and if he has no problems, it is a question of fitness now.'

Terry's team-mate for club and
country, Gary Cahill, missed the game against Stoke because his partner
was giving birth to his son.

Benitez
explained: 'We had trained with Cahill but he had to go. The baby is
fine and they are happy, and we are happy, so everything is going well.'

David Luiz retreated from the midfield
position he has been deployed in of late and impressed at the back, with
Lampard stepping in alongside Ramires in the centre.

Warm up: Terry has been out since November

Rafa Benitez has not been able to call on the defender

At long last: Rafa Benitez (right) had not been able to use Terry so far during his time at Chelsea

Terry will now be aiming to start in Chelsea's match on Wednesday at home against Southampton, but the manager admitted he would have to monitor his fitness.

Benitez will be delighted with his
side's show of strength, seeing as no side had been able to turn Stoke
over at the Britannia since February last year.

After
a pitiful defeat against Swansea in midweek in the first leg of his
side's Capital One Cup semi-final stoking the ire of Chelsea supporters,
Benitez needed a result today.

He dropped striker Fernando Torres
after he was booed off against Swansea, but introduced him in place of
Demba Ba with 20 minutes to go.

Benitez
was encouraged and said: 'The attitude of Torres pleased me. He is
fighting for his position, so we had a lot of positives.'

Bench boy: Fernando Torres (centre), sitting alongside Terry, was dropped after a poor midweek showing

Bench boy: Fernando Torres (centre), sitting alongside Terry, was dropped after a poor midweek showing

Stoke boss Tony Pulis was obviously far less happy with proceedings at the Britannia.

'The second goal killed us. The goals we conceded were poor and I'm disappointed with the penalty, Mata's legs collapse and I think it's a soft penalty, but it was a wonder goal from Hazard. I don't think that was a 4-0 today.

'We're disappointed,' he said. 'It just didn't go for us. The referee gives a penalty at 1-0 and it was offside, it was a good call, but if that goes for you it's one each and we have the impetus.

'We didn't deserve to be losing at half-time and until the second goal I felt we were the better team, although Chelsea have some fantastic players.'

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2 – Capital One Cup match report

Chelsea 0 Swansea 2: Marvellous Michu makes sloppy Chelsea pay before Graham adds late second

By
Matt Barlow

PUBLISHED:

21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

21:37 GMT, 9 January 2013

Michu once again underlined exactly why he is being touted as signing of the summer as he plundered his 15th goal of the season to give Swansea the advantage at half-time in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

The 2million man proved to be the best Spanish striker on the pitch as his goal late in the first-half won the match in which 50million Fernando Torres struggled badly to find any rhythm.

Chelsea enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges but failed to beat an inspired Gerhard Tremmel.

And they made to pay the ultimate price when a Branislav Ivanovic mistake was pounced on by Michu.

Danny Graham then doubled the lead in stoppage time.

More to follow….

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

Red action: Swansea have the lead at half-time in their Capital One Cup clash with Chelsea

MATCH FACTS

CHELSEA: Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Ramires (Lampard 71), Hazard, Oscar (Marin 83), Mata, Torres (Ba 81). Subs: Hilario, Ferreira, Bertrand, Ake.

SWANSEA: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, De Guzman, Ki, Routledge (Tiendalli 63), Hernandez, Michu (Graham 84).
Subs: Vorm, Dyer, Monk, Shechter, Agustien.

Goal: Michu 39, Graham 90

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Star man: Michu proved to be the difference, as so often he has been since he joined the Swans

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge

Rough and ready: Swansea matched Chelsea every step of the way at Stamford Bridge