Rafa Benitez believes that the arrival of Demba Ba will benefit his other main striker Fernando Torres, even if he is not sure who will start in the Blues Capital One cup semi-final against Swansea tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Torres was rested at Chelsea’s weekend game against Southampton, and saw new arrival Ba score twice on his debut to complete a 5-1 rout of the Saints. Ba has now scored 15 goals, one more than Torres so far this season, and boss Rafa Benitez believes the competition between the two will bring the best out of both players.
"No I think that I now have two good players, two good options and both they will compete so I can see everything positive in terms of the team now and the mentality of both (Fernando Torres and Demba Ba) is right. So talking with Demba, talking with Fernando both they know that they have to compete and it will be positive for the other one because if someone is playing maybe the other one will be much better for the next game and we can bring the best from both."
The Blues will have to be wary of Swansea’s strike force, with Miguel Michu also on 15 goals so far this season. The Swans are unbeaten in five games, recording draws against both Arsenal and Manchester United. Benitez said the Blues will come out fighting as they look to win the game.
"All the games. I say before we want to win every game and in any club but especially when you are fighting for trophies, challenging for trophies then we know it's the semi-final and we will try to be in the final so a lot of respect for Swansea because it is a good team they are doing well and I think it will be an interesting game for the fans."
Chelsea will be hoping to avoid an upset like last night, where League Two Bradford City astonished Aston Villa to win 3-1 at Valley Parade.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner