Chelsea back on track in League Cup

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Updated: December 20, 2012

Ken Bates’ tenure as Leeds United owner came to an end on Wednesday night as the club he formerly owned, Chelsea, defied jet lag to produce a five-goal second-half show to progress to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

With Dubai-based firm, GFH Capital, poised to complete their takeover of Championship club on Friday, Chelsea’s visit to Elland Road marked the end of Bates’ seven-years in charge of the club.

Goals from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres ensured it was a losing finish for Bates, who will remain at the club as president once the takeover is rubberstamped.

Three days after losing the Club World Cup final in Japan, the last thing Chelsea could have done with was a trip to a rain-soaked Elland Road to meet a team with whom they share a bitter rivalry.

The omens were not looking good either when Luciano Becchio gave Leeds a first-half lead but, as if they had never been away, the Blues ramped things up after the break with a five-star showing.

On the balance of play it was the least the European champions deserved, with Rafa  Benitez’s men at least proving they have still got what it takes on home soil following their disappointing loss to Corinthians on Sunday and their Champions League exit.

The other semi-final will see Bradford City, Arsenal’s conquerors last week, take on Aston Villa. The two-legged ties will be played the week commencing the 7th and the week commencing the 21st of January.