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Laudrup: Money = Pressure For Chelsea

When Chelsea line-up against Swansea in the second-leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final tonight, their high-profile pre-season signing- Eden Hazard- will be worth more than the entire Swans starting XI.

The fact that the Blues are so expensively assembled is like an axe hovering over the head of their manager, Rafa Benitez, according to Swans manager Michael Laudrup.

And so great Dane Laudrup believes all the pressure will be on the Blues tonight, as they seek to overturn the 2-0 goal deficit they suffered in the first-leg.

The Capital One Cup may only be England’s second tier cup competition, but Laudrup thinks the Blues will be desperate to lift it, considering the vast amounts they have spent to build a trophy winning team.

"With the money they [Chelsea] have spent and you ask me if they need a trophy more than Swansea? It's quite obvious that they do,” Laudrup said cannily, ahead of the game.

"One of their players, and I don't even talk about the most expensive one, cost more than our squad. I imagine that when they pay £30m, £40m or £50m for a player it's not just because he's a nice guy.

“They want trophies – every year, just like if you are in Barcelona, [Real] Madrid, Man United, Man City, Bayern Munich or Juventus.

“They don't ask for that at Swansea. If we can get to the final then it will be great.”

Even though they have a two-goal advantage, and have proved they have what it takes to mix it with England’s best, Laudrup says Chelsea must be favourites to progress tonight, thanks to their daunting resources.

"Are we the favourites? Let's see. They won the Champions League last season so I don't think so," Laudrup said. But it could be that he is simply trying to ratchet up the pressure just a little bit.

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