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SWINDON TOWN: We have nothing to lose - Cooper
SWINDON Town manager Mark Cooper knows there will be very few football fans giving his side a chance of beating Chelsea tonight, but he feels that will work in the Robins’ favour.
Town’s style of play in the opening weeks of the campaign has drawn plenty of admirers from across the Football League, and with it positive results are starting to be expected of Swindon.
However, the visit of the Blues is a completely different scenario - and Cooper wants his players to feel the freedom handed to them alongside the rank of underdog.
“It’s a bonus game for us because no one really gives you a hope when you’re playing against a team as big as Chelsea,” he said.
“There is no pressure on us, if you do lose everyone expects it. We’re going to play and use it as a no-pressure game and hopefully we’ll play freely and enjoy it.
“Of course we can’t go all guns blazing like we probably do on a Saturday, we have to be a bit more conservative, but we can’t alter the style play because that would be a disservice to the players we’ve got.
“We’re fully aware that at any giving moment the players that Chelsea have got can kill us. The more of the big names the better for us because I think our players would like that. They’d like to test themselves against the big boys and see how good they really are.
“We’ve got full respect to every one of the Chelsea players and their staff, we want them to play their strongest team.”
Having watched Bradford, then in League Two, make it all the way to Wembley in the Capital One Cup last season, Cooper knows a shock is always possible in knockout competition.
However, he does not expect Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to take tonight’s tie lightly.
“When you play in the Capital One Cup sometimes you get drawn against teams who rest a lot of their players or all of their players so if they don’t quite fancy it then you knock them out,” he said.
“That’s what Bradford did last year - they had a great run and knocked out Arsenal and Aston Villa. You do take inspiration from that but whether Jose Mourinho lets that kind of thing happen I doubt very much.”
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