Pablo Hernandez insists Chelsea hold no fear for Swansea City – and is hoping for a repeat of last year’s heroics against the Blues.
The Swans welcome Jose Mourinho’s title chasers to the Liberty Stadium this Sunday, on the back of a disappointing defeat at Hull.
Chelsea sit two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League table, but that could all change come kick off with the league leaders facing Manchester City at Anfield.
Whatever the outcome, Mourinho’s men will be looking to keep pace at the summit, while the Swans are looking to steer themselves further clear of trouble at the other end of the table.
The home side, however, have fond memories of facing Chelsea after overcoming them in last season’s Capital One Cup semi-final, while the London side have never won at the Liberty Stadium.
And Hernandez – who scored against the Blues in last season’s 1-1 draw – is hoping for another memorable afternoon.
“When you play against a big team it is always special,” said the winger. “Chelsea are a big team and it will be a hard game because they need the points to try and win the Premier League.
“But I think we need the points more. We are at home, with the Swansea fans behind us, and with their support and all the players playing with confidence then we can win.
“We’ve beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the past, and drawn two games at the Liberty. And when we play with confidence then we’re capable of beating any team.
“The last five games are very important, and we’ll need to win one or two games to move up the table. There are six or seven teams that are very close, but I think we can win against Chelsea.”