Swansea boss Laudrup: Benitez needs trophies to silence Chelsea critics

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says only silverware will silence the critics for Chelsea counterpart Rafa Benitez. The two clubs meet tonight in the Capital One Cup semifinal first-leg.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says only silverware will silence the critics for Chelsea counterpart Rafa Benitez.

The two clubs meet tonight in the Capital One Cup semifinal first-leg.

"He (Benitez) has so much experience," said the Dane. "I think he tells his players that what happens in the stands, happens. They must concentrate on playing. You can't change the mind of some people.

"But I still think that with results and more results, suddenly you get more and more will respect and less will be shouting bad things about the manager.

"If everybody in football says you are the favourite you have to accept that. "That is part of being a member of a big club."

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