Mistakes cost Chelsea in Capital One Cup, says Benitez

Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has laid the blame on individual mistakes for his side’s first-leg Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea City, the BBC has reported.

Branislav Ivanovic was twice guilty of giving away possession in a dangerous area, with first Michu and then later Danny Graham punishing the Serbian’s slip in concentration, giving the Welsh side a two-goal lead to take back to the Liberty Stadium ahead of the second leg on January 23.

Demba Ba also had a goal disallowed after coming on as a substitute, one of the 24 shots Chelsea had compared to the five of the victors. Chelsea however struggled for accuracy, registering only eight of the 24 on target, but Benitez feels that on any other night, it would have been the London club celebrating a first-leg victory.

We made two mistakes and paid for them, Benitez said. “We were doing a lot of good things but in football you have to take your chances. If we played this game 10 times, maybe we would win nine of them.

Benitez also felt Ba’s goal was wrongly ruled out and that the new signing was harshly booked for diving after an altercation with Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel. The Spaniard did not go so far as to say the referee should have awarded a penalty but was adamant Ba should not have been cautioned.

The winners of the two-legged contest will play either League Two outfit Bradford City or Premier League strugglers Aston Villa, with the former holding a 3-1 lead from the first leg.

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