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Wednesday 23 January 2013

Capital One Cup: Laudrup wary of Chelsea away form

Swansea City wants team to be positive, while Bradford make final after beating Aston Villa

  • Swansea City's Danny Graham scores the second goal against Chelsea in the first leg

  • Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor in action against Bradford City

Swansea City host Chelsea on Wednesday evening with hopes of reaching their first major cup final after winning the first leg at Stamford Bridge 2-0.

But manager Michael Laudrup has encouraged his side to be bold and not sit on their lead at the Liberty Stadium with the Dane wary of Chelsea's form on the road.

"They have been much better away that at home," he said. "They won 4-0 at Stoke, they got five against Southampton [in the FA Cup] and against Leeds [in the Capital One Cup]. They also won at Everton, so they are maybe the best away team in the Premier League.

"We can do it, we have enough quality"
Rafael Benitez

"It is different to start a game from 0-0 rather than 2-0, but the only danger is if we think can go out and just defend, 90 minutes is a very long time to do that.

"We have to be prepared to do a little of both. We have to try and get on the ball and look to attack, although we know there will be moments when we have to accept we will have to defend."

Laudrup has been boosted by the availability of centre-half Chico Flores, who missed the weekend win over Stoke with a knee injury.

Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is aware it is a tough task but one that his team can overcome.

"We have confidence that we can do it," he said. "It's not easy, but we've done it before in other stadiums and we can do it.

"We have to score and win. For them, it depends: 2-0 up, they could wait and play counter-attack. They could try to pass the ball and attack, but I think they will wait for us.

"We have to go there and try to win. Not just 1-0 - we have to do a bit better than that. But we can do it. We have enough quality."

Villa stunned

The winners of the tie will face League Two side Bradford City in the final at Wembley Stadium on 24 February after their famous 4-3 aggregate victory over Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg at Valley Parade and cheered on by a vocal home support, Villa were given a way back into the tie when Christian Benteke prodded home on 24 minutes.

"I am certainly not going to lie down... I will come out fighting"
Paul Lambert

But Bradford hit back with a James Hanson header after the break and although Andreas Weimann made sure of a 2-1 win for Villa on the night, the home side were unable to get the goal that would have forced extra-time.

"I am absolutely gutted, disappointed, hurt, everything," Villa manager Paul Lambert told the club's official website.

"Everyone is hurt. You will never have a better chance to get to a cup final throughout your whole career, even the young lads.

"In the first half, we looked really fine, we looked good, we got a goal and you thought we'd go on and get the chances.

"Once they scored, the edginess came in and we started to play long balls. We don't have the players to play long balls."

Villa now travel to Millwall for Friday night's FA Cup fourth round tie, before hosting Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League next Tuesday.

"There are two ways - you either lie down and accept it or you come out and fight," added Lambert. "I am certainly not going to lie down. I have never done it. I will come out fighting.

"You have to pick them up. They have a game in a few days time. Fans will come a long way to watch it. You have to pick yourself up."

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Key Points

  • Chelsea travel to Swansea City for the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg
  • Swansea lead 2-0 after winning the first leg at Stamford Bridge
  • Winner will face Bradford City, who reach final at the expense of Aston Villa