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Chelsea: Potential XI to face Swindon Town

Mata is expected to start (©GettyImages)
Mata is expected to start (©GettyImages).

For a handful of Chelsea players, tonight's Capital One Cup third round clash away at Swindon Town will provide the perfect platform to prove Jose Mourinho wrong.

The Portuguese coach has reduced several of last season's key players to peripheral roles at the start of this term - and all will surely be determined to showcase their talents at the not-so-glamorous County Ground.

With the help of Mourinho's recent comments, here are the XI who should start against the League One side this evening.

Goalkeeper: Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer, 40, is yet to start a match for Chelsea since his surprise free transfer in the summer.

Expect the veteran Australia international to give Petr Cech a well-deserved night off this evening.

Left-back: Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand appeared fairly regularly for the Blues last term, and should make his first appearance under Jose Mourinho tonight.

Like Cech, Ashley Cole has earned a night off.

Centre-back: David Luiz

David Luiz has only made one league appearance under Mourinho this season, but will have the chance to show his class against the Robins.

The flamboyant Brazil international is a potential match-winner as well as a gifted central defender.

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill could be the only Mourinho regular to feature in this evening's Capital One Cup clash.

Mourinho will be determined to avoid a cup upset, and Cahill will ensure the back-line stays disciplined.

Right-back: Cesar Azpilicueta

Cesar Azpilicueta should double his appearance-tally tonight.

The Spaniard is currently very much the second choice right-back to Branislav Ivanovic in the eyes of Mourinho.

Central-midfield: Michael Essien

Few players have has much respect for Mourinho as Michael Essien, whose loyalty will be rewarded with a place in the starting line-up for this match.

Central-midfield: Marco van Ginkel

Marco van Ginkel will have a chance to redeem himself for his disappointing performance against Basel last week.

The 20-year-old is still learning his trade, but he will expected to dominate the midfield alongside Essien.

Left-wing: Willian

Chelsea's £30m summer acquisition should make his second start since joining the Blues.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has the ability to play a decisive role in this cup tie.

Attacking-midfield: Juan Mata

The spotlight will be firmly on Juan Mata this evening.

Mourinho is looking for Chelsea's current Player of the Year to adapt his game in order to win his place back. Whether he is willing to do that will become evident tonight.

Right-wing: Kevin de Bruyne

Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne is expected to start wide on the right flank.

The 22-year-old has played a couple of league matches, but this will be his first taste of the Capital One Cup.

Striker: Fernando Torres

It could be Demba Ba but, after losing his place in the starting line-up to Samuel Eto'o, expect to see £50m Fernando Torres line-up at the County Ground.

A goal or two would stake his claim for a starting position against Spurs this weekend.

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