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SWINDON TOWN: Chelsea set to bring out the big guns
CHELSEA will bring a strong squad to Swindon Town for their Capital One Cup tie tonight, assistant coach Steve Holland has revealed.
Briefing the press on Monday, Holland stated that the matchday squad would be picked from the 22 outfield players in the Blues’ first-team squad with “maybe...one young player” chosen to gain match experience.
That means the likes of Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto’o could feature, while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already said that Juan Mata and David Luiz will start the game.
“We have 22 outfield players in the first-team squad, and the squad for the game tomorrow will comprise of those players,” said Holland. “There'll maybe be the opportunity for one young player to be involved who isn't normally.
“But we did well in the competition last year, getting to the semi-finals. We want to do well in all competitions, and we'll treat the game with the upmost respect.”
Holland has stressed that Chelsea will not underestimate their hosts this evening, despite sitting 51 places higher up the ladder of English football.
“I spent 17 years at Crewe and had Manchester United as visitors in this competition, the game went to extra-time and there was one goal in it,” he said. “Last year, Bradford's success – Arsenal and Aston Villa – and Liverpool going out at Oldham (in the FA Cup), the warning signs are there.
“If you think you've got a divine right to win games, prepare to be surprised. It'll be the biggest night in Swindon for a while and they'll be desperate to do well against a club like Chelsea. If we're anything other than 100 per cent on it, it'll be a difficult night.
“We had a difficult game against Brentford last year, a similar level of team, and were fortunate to navigate the away game. The replay was a different story. I'm sure all the players are aware of the potential pitfalls.”