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Torres starts for Chelsea against Spurs

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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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