Capital One Cup quarter-final clash.

The Championship outfit are rank outsiders against the Londoners, who will be keen to bounce back from their FIFA Club World Cup disappointment over the weekend.

Warnock thinks a memorable victory is possible, but only if the Blues are below par:

“You never know if it’s your last big cup tie really, so it whets the appetite. I don’t think I could have picked a better team to play against.” He is quoted by SkySports.

“It promises to be fabulous with no pressure on us. Whatever team I select we can just go out and enjoy it.

“I hope we go out and give them a good game, but if we play well and they do as well there’s only one winner, so we have to hope they’re not right up to it and we’re on top of our game.”

He went on to suggest that playing at Elland Road could give his team a slight advantage

“We can give anyone a run for their money on our patch and it promises to be a really good cup tie.

“There’s nothing else happening in the country that night so all eyes will be on the cup tie and it will be exciting.

“As you saw against the others, I think Everton picked a strong side and we did well against them so it’s all credit to the boys.”


  • Christy Malyan
    3 years ago

    Hopefully Leeds win to give one of the smaller clubs a chance of European football. Then again, that didn’t really work out for Birmingham City did it. Either way, it’ll be good so see someone else get a bit of silverwear for once!

  • Will Taylor
    3 years ago

    I can’t imagine there are many Chelsea players looking forward to a feisty and no doubt physical encounter at Elland Road.

    It won’t be pretty but I can see Leeds taking Chelsea to extra-time at the very least.

  • Asim Farooqui
    3 years ago

    Looking forward to this game and feel that Leeds have a chance, especially being at home.

    I would also expect Benitez to rest some of his star names after their recent travels, further enhancing Leeds chances.

    In reference to Christy’s comment about it being good to see a smaller club have a chance in Europe. I agree but the main problem is they don’t have the squad to cope. Birmingham being a good example, as you rightly pointed out.

    Even established Premier League teams struggle with balancing Europe and the Premier League.