Chelsea travel to Swansea tonight in the second leg of their League Cup semi-final, looking to overturn their 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in order to reach Wembley. The Blues have been formidable away from home, winning their last five games, and scoring 17 goals in the process. But they’ll face a Swansea side that are unbeaten in their last five home games, holding both Arsenal and Manchester United to a draw. Blues boss Rafa Benitez insisted that despite the challenge his side faced, the pressure would be on Swansea to maintain their lead.
"For us is easier than for Michael Laudrup. For us we have to score, we have to win. For them it depends, maybe they will think ok 2-0 up. We have to wait and play counter attack maybe we will try in the way they are used to play, passing the ball and attacking but they will for us and they will wait deep."
Benitez admitted defeat in the title race at the weekend, and after losing the Club World Cup Final against Corinthians, the Capital One Cup presents the Blues with a vital chance at taking home their first silverware of the season. Benitez remained confident that over the minimum 180 minutes his side could prevail.
"We have confidence that we can do it. Obviously we will play against a good team but if you remember the game first leg we had a lot of chances and we made two mistakes they score. Now we have to manage the situation but our games away are quite good so we have the confidence that we can do it."
The prize for tonight’s victors is a Wembley final against Bradford City, who pulled off an astonishing two-legged victory over Aston Villa to become the first team from the fourth tier of English football to reach a league cup final in over 50 years.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner