Torres on form as Chelsea ease through

Swindon Town 0 Chelsea 2

Fernando Torres made one goal and scored another as Chelsea cruised into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Torres looked sharp throughout and netted the first from close range before a brilliant run and pass teed up Ramires to cleverly chip in the second.

The only blots on an otherwise comfortable evening was an early knee injury to Marco van Ginkel and a knock for his replacement, Ramires, who was then taken off at the break.

Torres was one of 10 changes from the side that beat Fulham on Saturday and a team featuring the £50m striker, his fellow Spaniard Juan Mata, as well as Brazilian duo David Luiz and Willian rarely looked in danger of succumbing to League One side Swindon.

Ramires of Chelsea
Ramires picked up an an injury.

The Blues were not at their fluent best early on but Luiz had a decent free-kick well saved by Wes Foderingham and Torres was unlucky not to open the scoring from Mata’s delightful through-ball.

Torres did make it 1-0, reacting sharply to poke the ball in from close range after Mata’s strike was saved.

The lead was doubled when a brilliant Torres turn in the middle of the pitch ended with the Spaniard finding Ramires, who scored with a superb dinked finish.

Swindon improved after the break and thought they had got back into the game when a dangerous free-kick was headed into the net by Dany N’Guessan, only for the goal to be rightly ruled out for offside.

But Chelsea, with skipper Michael Essien outstanding in midfield, still created the better openings.

Kevin De Bruyne tested Foderingham with a rasping shot and wasted a fine one-on-one chance when his control let him down.

The impressive Torres also saw a good effort well saved and Willian wasted the follow-up, blasting the ball high over the bar.

Willian also missed another good chance when he should have squared the ball to Torres for a tap-in, and substitute Demba Ba shot narrowly wide.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Bertrand, Luiz, Cahill; Van Ginkel (Ramires 10, Terry 45), Essien; De Bruyne (Ba 78), Mata , Willian; Torres.
Subs not used: Blackman, Baker, Schurrle, Eto’o.



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