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Capital One cup: Chelsea line up for Leeds clash

Seven Chelsea players who started the Club World Cup loss to Corinthians in Japan on Sunday shook off their jet lag to line-up in the Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds tonight.

Only substitutes Ashley Cole and Eden Hazard and the suspended Gary Cahill and Ramires failed to make the cut, with the likes of Frank Lampard, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres joined in the starting 11 by starting debutant Marko Marin.

Leeds made three changes to their side from the one which beat Ipswich 2-0 on Saturday, with regular cup goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown starting in place of PaddyKenny and Jason Pearce and Michael Brown taking the field instead of Alan Tate and David Norris.

Police call for calm at Elland Road

Elland Road stadium
Elland Road stadium - home of Leeds United Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds and Chelsea players will be under instruction from police to be on their best behaviour tonight.

The Capital One Cup quarter-final at Elland Road is expected to be played in a heated atmosphere thanks to a long-standing rivalry between the two teams and bad blood between their respective managers, Neil Warnock and Rafael Benitez.

"I'll ask the managers of both teams to speak to the players and ask them to avoid doing anything which may antagonise supporters from the opposition team, Chief Supt Paul Money, of West Yorkshire Police.

"We want the focus to be action on the pitch - and for it not to be overshadowed by violence or disorder. We want to see both sets of fans enjoy what will be an exciting match and I'd ask responsible fans, who make up the vast majority, to not allow the minority of unruly fans to spoil the game."

" Leeds can beat Chelsea" : Flo

Tore Andre Flo
Tore Andre Flo Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The recent changes at Chelsea mean Leeds will head into the Capital One quarter-final between the two tomorrow with greater confidence, according to Tore Andre Flo, who has played for both clubs.

Flo's spell with Leeds came towards the end of his career and a serious foot injury prevented him from doing more than scoring four goals in 24 appearances as the club slipped out of the Championship under the management of his old Chelsea captain Dennis Wise.

He was a popular player with the Elland Road supporters and was sponsored by famous fans the Kaiser Chiefs, and he believes his old side, now under the management of Neil Warnock, have the game to cause Chelsea problems.

"It was one of the best experiences of my career to play for Leeds and now they are a strong team in a good position," he said. "They have played some good matches this year and I think they can beat Chelsea."

Leeds University Chelsea entry

Leeds University Chelsea Flower Show entry
Leeds University Chelsea Flower Show entry Credit: Leeds University

A team at Leeds University are building a garden to be exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show next month.

This year's entry is designed to show how an average urban garden can boost pollination, manage water resources and reduce the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere.

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