Leeds United vs. Chelsea  1 - 5


Lampard eyes off League Cup

20 December 2012 06:12

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has set his sights firmly on winning the League Cup after a quarter-final thrashing of Leeds United.

Neil Warnock's side took a first-half lead through Luciano Becchio and kept their visitors at bay thanks to several good saves from goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, but Chelsea soon took over in the second half, scoring with consummate ease to wrap up a 5-1 win.

Chelsea will take on Swansea in the final four, and Lampard is targeting not only a triumph in the two-leg semi-final, but also aiming for victory in the final too.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the match, he said: "Every trophy is a big deal. When we look back we have enjoyed all our trips to Wembley when we've won, so (we hope for) the same again.

"We've got a big semi-final, whoever we play to get through, but we're in there, so we've got to keep going."

Lampard also commented on what changed between the first and second halves, highlighting Chelsea's increased tempo after half-time as the main difference.

He continued: "We upped it (the tempo) after (half-time). First half we weren't at our best, we were a bit slow.

"We gave away a silly ball which allowed them to score, but once we upped it and played up pace in our game you could see a big difference.

"We had a word with ourselves at half-time. It wasn't the greatest preparation (only arriving back in London on Monday), but that's no excuse, we had to up (the tempo).

"The early goal gave us the impetus to go on. I think we believed from then and we didn't feel we could lose the game.

"Some of the football we played we opened them up and showed what we can do."

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata echoed Lampard's sentiments regarding the team's less-than-perfect preparation before praising the atmosphere created by Leeds fans.

"Well, I think it is always tough to play here against a team like Leeds," Mata said.

"Coming back to London on Monday and then playing Wednesday, maybe that isn't enough time to rest, but I think in the second half we showed the desire to win this trophy.

"To be honest, it was so difficult. It is a difficult stadium to play in if you are the away team. They have a very physical team as well, so in the first 30 or 40 minutes it was very difficult for us."


Leeds, Chelsea fans warned to behave

19 December 2012 13:24

Rafael Benitez and Neil Warnock will be asked to warn their players not to provoke the supporters during the clash between Chelsea and Leeds.

The League Cup quarter-final clash at Elland Road is the first time the two rivals clubs have met since May 2004, with police recruiting police intelligence officers after labelling the game as high risk.

West Yorkshire Police chief superintendent Paul Money said: "We want both sets of fans to get behind their teams and enjoy the football.

"We want the focus of the day to be the action on the pitch and for it not to be overshadowed by violence or disorder.

"I will also ask the managers of both teams to speak to the players and ask them to avoid doing anything which may antagonise supporters of the opposition team.

"Experienced football intelligence officers from the Metropolitan Police will be working alongside West Yorkshire officers to identify any troublemakers.

"The police will apply for football banning orders to be imposed on anyone convicted of disorder in connection with the game."

Chelsea's away allocation has been cut from 5,000 to a more manageable 3,000 for the game.

Leeds manager Warnock has called on both sets of fans to get behind their respective teams in a sensible manner.

"I'm sure the fans will lift the decibels and create a tremendous atmosphere," Warnock told the club's website.

"It goes without saying while I want the fans to be loud we don't want any of the bad behaviour that we have seen from different sets of fans around the country this season and I ask everyone – both sets of fans – to get behind their own team without any of the unwanted problems."


Warnock to shuffle squad against Chelsea

16 December 2012 04:24

Leeds United are likely to rotate their squad for the League Cup clash against Chelsea, manager Neil Warnock has said.

The west Yorkshire outfit prepared for the quarter-final by overcoming Ipswich Town 2-0 in the Championship on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Jerome Thomas and Paul Green.

Chelsea, meanwhile, will come into the game off the back of a Club World Club final with Corinthians, to be played Sunday in Japan.

Warnock acknowledged that the opposition were likely to rest a portion of their squad, and laid out plans to do the same ahead of a clash with promotion rivals Middlesbrough next weekend.

"I won't play my full team and I am sure Chelsea won't, but they have more players they can rest than we have," Warnock told reporters.

"I am sure it will be competitive, whatever team I put out."

Warnock is taking particular care over on-loan West Brom winger Thomas as, despite a man-of-the-match performance against Ipswich, he remains short of match fitness and will likely be rested against Chelsea.

"I am still trying to get Jerome fit enough to play a full 90 minutes. We have to treat him with kid gloves," he said.

"It is more important to me that he plays against Middlesbrough next Saturday than Chelsea on Wednesday, so we will have to see. Knowing Jerome, he will want to play against Chelsea."

Championship table

# Team MP D P
8 18 -1 27
9 17 +4 26
10 18 +3 26
11 18 +2 25
12 18 +1 25

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 12 +33 34
2 12 +21 26
3 12 +13 25
4 12 +11 23
5 12 +7 22