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Benitez ready for Swansea test

December 20, 2012 11:20:09 UK
Juan Mata grabbed the equaliser for Chelsea at Elland Road.

Rafael Benitez is looking forward to pitting his wits against Michael Laudrup after his Chelsea side were drawn against Swansea City in the last four of the Capital One Cup.

The Blues set up the semi-final clash by coming from behind to thrash Championship outfit Leeds United 5-1 at Elland Road on Wednesday.

Neil Warnock's side appeared to be on course to record a shock victory when Luciano Becchio fired them ahead before half time, but second-half efforts by Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres sealed Chelsea's place in the last four.

They like to play football on the floor and it will be interesting.

Rafael Benitez

In the other last-four encounter, League Two side Bradford City, who have already knocked Premier League teams Wigan Athletic and Arsenal out of the competition, have been drawn to play Aston Villa in the two-legged semi-finals next month.

The Bantams are 5.50 to win this season's Capital One Cup, while Chelsea can be backed at 1213.00, Villa at 1213.00 and Swansea at 1.16.

Interim Chelsea manager Benitez said of the draw: "Swansea are a good team and we have to do well in a semi-final of any competition. They like to play football on the floor and it will be interesting.

"Every competition is important for us; a top side has to try to win every competition and now we are in the semi-finals so we are close to winning."

The Swans are currently tenth in the Premier League table and drew 1-1 with Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium last month.

Capital One Cup semi-final draw:
Chelsea v Swansea
Bradford v Aston Villa
Ties to be played weeks commencing 7th and 21st January 2013.

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