Chelsea vs Leeds LIVE commentary: Blues look to hit back from Carabao Cup heartbreak against high-flying Championship giants – kick-off time, team news and how

Chelsea vs Leeds LIVE commentary: Blues look to hit back from Carabao Cup heartbreak against high-flying Championship giants – kick-off time, team news and how

Chelsea will look to bounce back from more Wembley heartache when they take on Leeds in the FA Cup, live on talkSPORT 2.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were beaten 1-0 in the Carabao Cup final by a heavily depleted Liverpool side, leaving the Argentine trophyless in England.

Chelsea conceded in the dying moments of extra time

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Chelsea conceded in the dying moments of extra timeCredit: Getty

Virgil van Dijk’s header in the last minutes of extra time ensured that Chelsea lost yet another Wembley final.

They will now look to peel themselves off the floor and make it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

However, Leeds will prove a very stern test, with Daniel Farke’s men currently second in the Championship.

The Whites have won six games in a row in all competitions and will head to west London confident about their chances.

Chelsea vs Leeds: Wembley pain

This latest defeat at Wembley for Chelsea made it seven finals in a row they’ve lost there.

It was also the third time in recent years they’ve been beaten by Liverpool in a cup final at Wembley.

Both previous losses came in 2022 when the Reds won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup via a penalty shootout.

The Blues also lost the League Cup in 2019 to Manchester City, with a 4-3 defeat on penalties.

In 2017 and 2020, Chelsea lost 2-1 to Arsenal to lose the FA Cup, and in 2021, the London giants were beaten 1-0 by Leicester at Wembley in the FA Cup final.

It’s quite a shocking record for Chelsea, and they will hope to get the chance to put it right in the FA Cup later this year.

Chelsea’s Wembley woe

2017: FA Cup final vs Arsenal – lost 2-1

2019: Carabao Cup final vs Manchester City – 0-0 – lost 4-3 on penalties

2020: FA Cup final vs Arsenal – lost 2-1

2021: FA Cup final vs Leicester – lost 1-0

2022: Carabao Cup final vs Liverpool – 0-0 – lost 11-10 on penalties

2022: FA Cup final vs Liverpool – 0-0 – lost 6-5 on penalties

2024: Carabao Cup final vs Liverpool – lost 1-0

  • This will be the first FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Leeds United since the 1970 final, which the Blues won after a replay. Chelsea have never lost in eight previous FA Cup games against Leeds (W5 D3).
  • Leeds have lost each of their last six away games against Chelsea in all competitions, all coming in the Premier League from 2002 to 2023. The Whites’ last such win at Stamford Bridge was in December 1999 (2-0).
  • Chelsea have progressed from 13 of their last 15 FA Cup fifth round ties, failing only against Man City in 2013-14 and Man Utd in 2018-19 in this time, the latter of which was their last home defeat in the FA Cup.

Chelsea vs Leeds: Team news

Chelsea XI: Sanchez, Gusto, Disasi, Chalobah, Gilchrist, Caicedo, Fernandez, Madueke, Mudryk, Sterling, Jackson.

Subs: Petrovic, Colwill, Murray-Campbell, Chilwell, Samuels-Smith, Harrison, Tauriainen, Gallagher, Palmer.

Leeds XI: Meslier, Roberts, Rodon, Cooper, Firpo, Ampadu, Gray, James, Anthony, Piroe, Joseph.

Subs: Klaesson, Van den Heuvel, Byram, Cresswell, Shackleton, Kamara, Summerville, Gnonto, Bamford.

Leeds pulled off a huge win over Leicester at Elland Road last week

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Leeds pulled off a huge win over Leicester at Elland Road last weekCredit: Getty
  • Leeds United are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-final for the first time since 2002-03. They’ve been eliminated from this stage of the competition three times since then, including a 2-0 loss to Fulham last term.
  • Enzo Fernández scored in both of Chelsea’s FA Cup wins this season, netting in the third round against Preston and fourth round replay at Aston Villa. The last player to score in each of the third, fourth, and fifth rounds of a single FA Cup campaign for the club was Pedro in 2016-17.
  • Leeds have scored at least three goals in four of their last six FA Cup matches, as many times as they had in their previous 49 matches in the competition combined.

Chelsea vs Leeds: What has been said?

Former Norwich boss Farke can’t wait to face Chelsea in the FA Cup.

He said: “We are heading into a busy period with the FA Cup game and three league games in six days, so we need all the energy.

“It was important last few days to calm the load to be mentally and physically ready because the load will be immense. We head into the new week with a good feeling, confidence and a smile.

“I don’t think it [League Cup final defeat] will help.

“Chelsea as a club, talented players they will have the ambition to play in Europe and the quickest way is to use the FA Cup right now.

“I expect an opponent who will be concentrated. For us, it’s also a big game, we’d like to extend our cup run but have to keep in mind there are a few other important things to focus on.”

Pochettino will hope to bounce back from that crushing Wembley defeat with victory here

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Pochettino will hope to bounce back from that crushing Wembley defeat with victory hereCredit: Getty

Chelsea vs Leeds: Date and how to follow

This FA Cup fifth round clash will take place on Wednesday, February 28.

Kick-off at Stamford Bridge is scheduled for 7:30pm.

talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage from west London, with Nigel Adderley and former Republic of Ireland midfielder Matt Holland providing commentary.

talkSPORT.com will also have all of the reaction.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

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