Swansea v Chelsea: Blues need League Cup win more - Laudrup

Capital One Cup semi-final, second leg

  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Date: Wednesday, 23 January

Coverage: Watch highlights on The League Cup Show on Wednesday at 2305 GMT, BBC One

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup says Chelsea need Capital One Cup success more than his team.

And the Dane says expectations on Rafa Benitez's side are far greater than those on the Swans, who have a 2-0 lead going into the semi-final second leg.

"With the money they've spent you ask me if they need a trophy more - it's quite obvious they do," Laudrup said.

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To go into a game against Chelsea saying you are favourites, that's some way to go

Michael Laudrup Swansea City manager

"One of their players - and I don't even talk about the most expensive one - cost the same as our whole squad."

Chelsea this season became the first the first Champions League holders to fail to advance beyond the group stage and Benitez has said his side now has no chance of winning the Premier League.

And as he looked ahead to a contest that pits the European Champions against a club who have never won a major competition, Laudrup was keen to emphasise the contrasting nature of the clubs who clash at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

"I imagine when they pay £30m, £40m or £50m for a player I think it's not just because he's a nice boy," he said.

"They want trophies every year - like if you're Barcelona and Real Madrid, Manchester United and Manchester City, or Bayern Munich or Juventus.

"In Swansea they don't ask for that, but if we can get it, it would be great.

"I've been asked a lot in the last couple of weeks about how important this game is and I answered every time that I don't think I'm the right person to ask that question because I've only been here for seven months.

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"I think it would be much better to ask that question to people who have been here five, 10, 15 or 20 years or even more because they have something to compare with."

Despite leading through goals from Michu and Danny Graham in the first leg at Stamford Bridge on 9 January, Swansea should not be regarded as favourites, insists their manager.

"The only thing I asked for when I saw the draw was that at least in the second leg we had the possibility, the realistic possibility, of going to the final.

"And I think we can say we have a realistic possibility - but to go into a game against Chelsea saying you are favourites, that's some way to go."

Laudrup also says there is no need to "over-motivate" his players, because they are fully aware of the game's importance in the club's history.

Midfielders Pablo Hernandez, with Getafe in Spain, and Ki Sung-Yeung, when at Celtic, are the only players in Laudrup's side with experience of a major final.

"They know they are just one step - a huge step - but still one step from being in a final," said Laudrup.

"There's no need to motivate because players may be even over-motivated so I think I would turn it around and say just take it easy, do your best and let's see if it's good enough."