Leeds v Chelsea 1970: A capsule review

Decades-old tensions are set to bubble back to the surface ahead of tomorrow night’s League Cup quarter-final tie but the away manager wants to make it an educational experience for his players.

Leeds v Chelsea 1970: A capsule review

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December 18th, 2012

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Rafa Benitez told reporters that he wishes to teach those players who are unaware of the background between rival fans, just how important tomorrow’s Elland Road tie is.

“We will talk with them and we will explain how important is every game, how important is the competition for us and how important the game will be for all the fans and for the club,” the temp explained at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“We will have some research about the history; I think that it is quite interesting.”

A quick summary then, to save Rafa the job:

–          The sides met in a highly controversial, foul-riddled Cup final at Wembley in April 1970. It should’ve been May but the England team went on a busman’s holiday in Mexico before defending their World Cup.

–          The Horse of the Year show had been held at Wembley the week before. The resultant far-from-ideal pitch coughed up four goals, two apiece.

–          The replay had to be held elsewhere for the first time in Wembley FA Cup history due to the mess they left it in. Chelsea won at Old Trafford 2-1 in a game that only gave out one booking.

–          A 1997 review of the replayed match under modern laws would have seen six reds and twenty yellows dished out.

The mind boggles at just what “research” Rafa has up his sleeve ahead of the last-eight tie, but we think it’ll fall short of a Powerpoint presentation.

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