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Chelsea 'need trophy more' than Swansea

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has teased Capital One Cup semi-final opponents Chelsea by claiming the London club need to win a trophy every year.

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The Welsh side host Chelsea in the second leg of their semi-final at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night having won the first leg at Stamford Bridge 2-0 courtesy of goals from Michu and Danny Graham.

Chelsea's interim boss Rafa Benitez will likely have to deliver silverware this season if he is to have any hope of taking on the job full-time. Given they are currently 11 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester United, Benitez's best hopes of winning a trophy for Chelsea look to be in one of the three cup competitions in which they are still competing.

Referencing Chelsea's constant need for success to justify owner Roman Abramovich's lavish spending, Laudrup said: "With the money they have spent, you ask me if they need a trophy more than Swansea? It's quite obvious that they do.

"One of their players - and I'm not even talking about the most expensive one - has cost more than our squad put together.

"I imagine that when they pay £30 million, £40 million or £50 million for a player it's not just because he's a nice guy. They want trophies every year, just like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich or Juventus.

"I'm not under that sort of pressure at Swansea. They don't ask for that. If we can get to the final then it will be great.

"Are we the favourites? Let's see. Chelsea won the Champions League last season so I don't think so."

Meanwhile, Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel anticipates a stern test from Chelsea on their visit to south Wales, although he is confident that his own side can perform better than they did in the first leg too.

"I am not nervous," the German 'keeper, whose clean sheet in the first leg was his fifth appearance in the competition this season, told Abendzeitung Munich. "Of course, Wembley is a dream. But we need to defend the 2-0 first. Chelsea will shoot from everywhere. They have nothing left to lose.

"It might sound crazy but the first leg wasn't our best game this season. We defended really well. Chelsea could not break through. And we were able to score twice after they made mistakes in defence."

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