Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper has deflected pressure from
his club, and on to their opponents - Chelsea.

Speaking ahead of the Blues’ trip to County Ground for their League Cup match, Cooper likened his club to last season’s Cinderella story, Bradford City.

"There is no pressure on us, if you do lose everyone expects it," he said to SkySports. "We're going to play and use it as a no-pressure game and hopefully we'll play freely and enjoy it.

"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.

"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.

"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."

Swindon Town, a League One side, have been no stranger to upsets; last month they beat QPR 2-0 to advance to face Chelsea, and since 2012 the Robins have beaten Stoke, Wigan, Brighton and Burnley in cup competitions.

Chelsea are likely to field a weaker squad, but the likes of Juan Mata, David Luiz, Willian, and Caesar Azpilicueta are all still expected to play- hardly a frail lineup.  

Meanwhile, Swindon are a bit depleted, with injuries to midfielders Ryan Mason (thigh) and Ryan Harley (medial ligaments), as well as Alex Smith's knee injury has ruled him out while Aaron Oakley (foot) and Tijane Reis (knee) ruling out all five players - Nathan Byrne is serving the third of a three-match ban.

The meeting between the clubs will be their first since 1994.


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