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Chelsea stroll to cup victory over Swindon

Torres was a constant menace for the visitors. (©GettyImages)
Torres was a constant menace for the visitors. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea got safely through the third round of the Capital One Cup after fighting off a spirited Swindon Town on Tuesday evening.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who won the much-maligned competition in 2005 and 2007, opted to field a second-string side, making 10 changes and giving others a chance to step up to the plate.

Juan Mata and David Luiz were amongst those players who were recalled to the starting lineup, with Ryan Bertrand and Michael Essien making their first competitive appearances this season. Mark Schwarzer, meanwhile, was handed a rare start in goal.

Mourinho's team had been under much scrutiny after an indifferent start to the campaign but managed to overcome their League One opponents thanks to first-half goals from Fernando Torres and Ramires.

Chelsea's second team, worth an estimated £185 million compared to Swindon's £550,000, is what made the difference in the end and it was the Blues' individual class which saw them through to the fourth round.

Torres, who looked lively, broke the deadlock with an easy tap in after being picked out by Mata with Chelsea splitting the home defence. Six minutes later they doubled their lead in style. Torres pirouetted past two defenders before feeding Ramires, who elegantly placed the ball over the keeper.

Swindon weren't overawed by this, howeverm and had their own chances with Iraqi midfielder Yaser Kasim testing Schwarzer with a shot from distance and Alex Pritchard forcing the 40-year-old debutant keeper to punch the ball out.

Swindon started the second half with some purpose with Dany N'Guessan's diving header hitting the back of the net only for the goal to be ruled offside.

Torres was to be denied another goal by the excellent Wes Foderingham before Willian sent a wild shot over with the follow up.

With Swindon tiring, Chelsea played out the final minutes with ease.

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