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Mark Schwarzer set to make Chelsea debut

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Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is set to become Chelsea's oldest ever debutant against Swindon Town tonight in League Cup action, according to the official Chelsea website.

The 40-year-old was signed on a free transfer from west London neighbours Fulham over the summer by returning manager Jose Mourinho, who prefers to have experienced back-up.

In the past Mourinho has kept the likes of Carlo Cudicini and Jerzy Dudek on the bench for the Blues and Real Madrid respectively.

The Australian who is one of a very small number to have made over 500 Premier League appearances for clubs including Middlesborough, Newcastle United as well as Fulham, faces stiff competition at Stamford Bridge from long-term number one Petr Cech.

However, the various cup competitions provide the 'keeper with a chance to impress and the Australian hopes his prior success can help him to fire Chelsea to Wembley.

He said: "Over the years my sides have done reasonably well and I've won it once before with Middlesbrough, as well as playing in a couple of finals, so generally I've had a pretty good time,

"I played at the old Wembley Stadium twice, once against Chelsea, which was fortunate, and then at Cardiff for the final we won in 2004, but I've never played at the new Wembley, which is something to aspire to this time around for sure, and I'd like to help the club reach another final."

When asked about how it felt to be Chlesea's oldest debutant, he continued: ''I've been made aware of it before.

''I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, and I don't even tend to look at those sort of statistics. I just want to go and do my thing, play as well as I possibly can and hopefully help the team get through to the next round.

''We will approach the game in the right way, we've got a very strong squad travelling and we will approach this game as seriously as any other.''

The Blues haven't won the competition since 2007 and were knocked out in the semi-finals by Swansea last year but will look to get themselves on the road to glory with a win against the League One underdogs at The County Ground.

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