Date: 23rd September 2013 at 11:00am
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Chelsea kick-off there Capital One Cup campaign against League One side Swindon on Tuesday night and we could see Mark Schwarzer, Michael Essien, Ryan Bertrand and Cesar Azpilicueta get their first starts of the season.

But all eyes will be on the Blues’ back-to-back Player of the Year Juan Mata, who has been challenged by Jose Mourinho to impress him as the Portuguese manager believes the Spaniard has to adapt his game if he wants to be in his side. It’s a situation that has sparked much debate between fans, pundits and ex-professionals alike.

David Luiz was openly criticised for his performance in the FC Basel game by Mourinho ahead of Saturday’s match versus Fulham and was left out of the playing squad along with Mata, but Mourinho confirmed that he too will be returning to action when Chelsea visit the County Ground.

The team I’m expecting to see…

M. Schwarzer

C. Azpilicueta – B. Ivanovic – D. Luiz – R. Bertrand

M. Essien – F. Lampard (c)

K. De Bruyne – J. Mata – Willian

D. Ba

Hopefully Mata proves a point of sorts and puts in the sort of display we know he’s capable of, but in reality it’ll take a bigger test to truly make Mourinho eat his words. I’m hoping he uses the critique as a motivation.

For some of these players – Schwarzer, Bertrand and Essien, who wasn’t even included in our Champions League squad, the Capital One Cup will probably be the only real action they’ll get to see for much of the season barring something drastic, but Azpilicueta is an ambitious right-back (and in my opinion our best one) and he’ll be another player that will want to maximise every opportunity he gets coming his way as Mourinho made it clear early on that he prefers Branislav Ivanovic and hasn’t rotated the Serbian despite a few iffy performances.


7 responses to “Capital One Cup: Who’d be in your Chelsea XI v Swindon?”

  1. RJA says:

    Torres for Ba because he deserves a start and Cahill for Ivanovic because he has played less. Other than that, totally agree.

  2. Rajat Sewak says:

    My team would be
    M. Schwarzer
    C. Azpilicueta – T. Kalas (provided he is fit) – D. Luiz – R. Bertrand
    M. Essien – v Ginkel
    K. De Bruyne – J. Mata (c) – Willian
    F. Torres

  3. Austin Amah says:

    Please,Jose give mata a chance let him prove him self which I personally fill he will do so and also encourage him as a father,we fans need him in Chelsea squad.

  4. aslam says:

    Schwarzer, azpi, t kalas, luiz, r batrand, de bruyne, mata, willian, f torres

  5. aslam says:

    warzer, azpi, t kalas, luiz, r batrand, genkil, ramires, shrul, mata, willian, d ba

  6. aslam says:

    Please jose give a chance to mata let him prove he is best player in chelsea fc squad please please please give a chance mata

  7. aluko dara says:

    Gonna b great