• Premier League

Torres starts for Chelsea against Spurs

ESPN staff
September 28, 2013

Fernando Torres makes his first Premier League start for Chelsea since the opening day of the season in today's lunchtime kick-off against Tottenham.

Torres scored one and set up the other in Chelsea's 2-0 win against Swindon on Tuesday. Juan Mata drops to the bench having started in the Capital One Cup outing.

There is no room in the squad at all for £32 million summer signing Willian, who snubbed a move to White Hart Lane in favour of joining the Blues despite having a medical with Spurs.

Lewis Holtby has failed to keep his place in the Spurs starting XI following his superb display in midweek at Aston Villa, with Andre Villas-Boas dropping him to the bench.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Paulinho, Dembele, Townsend, Eriksen, Sigurdsson, Soldado

Subs: Friedel, Chirches, Lamela, Holtby, Chadli, Sandro, Defoe

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Ramires, Oscar, Hazard, Torres

Subs: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Essien, Mata, Schurrle, Eto'o

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