Chelsea beat Leeds United 5-1 in the Capitol One Cup tonight to book their place in the semi-finals.
After losing their chance to win the World Club Cup final on Sunday, they faced a tough return to England with another cup fixture.
Leeds lived up to the hype, giving as good as they got, before eventually taking the lead. A vicious counter attack starts from David Luiz’s failed chip over the top, and leads to a through ball cross from the left, across the two back-tracking defenders to be neatly tucked away by Luciano Becchio.
Chelsea fans must have been expecting the worst at half-time, with the team losing 1-0, and with the majority of shots having failed to challenge the Leeds goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown.
The game was pretty much all Chelsea from the second-half starting whistle. Chelsea’s Juan Mata opened the scoring for Chelsea 2 minutes into the half, curling the ball round the defender, with the goalkeeper failing to get a hand to the slow-rolling ball.
It slowly became an onslaught. Eden Hazard came off the bench replacing Marko Marin on the hour-mark adding extra fire to the Chelsea attack.
Branislav Ivanovic made it 2-1 with a powerful header from a Frank Lampard corner, before Victor Moses added a third two minutes later with a brilliant strike from just outside the box, leaving Ashdown with no chance.
Chelsea continued to dominate, breaking with the ball at pace. David Luiz put the Leeds defence to shame with a long-distance pass, splitting the defenders with Hazard running on to end all hopes of radical come-back.
The leeds keeper parried a shot from Frank Lampard in the 84th minute, only for it to fall to Hazard, who centres the ball to Torres to tap-in. This will be of some consolation to Chelsea fans, who had hoped to be World Club Champions.
Chelsea now stand a great chance to pick up the Capitol One Cup, with Swansea, Bradford and Aston Villa their only rivals. The Blues are hot odds-on favourites and will be hoping to end this run of failures, having lost the Charity Shield, the European Super Cup, being eliminated from the Champions League and not forgetting the World Club Cup. Come on you Blues, get back on the trophy wagon.