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Swansea City boss Laudrup savouring Wembley visit
Published : 24 Jan 2013 16:17:19
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admits it will take time for the club's progression to a 'fairytale' Wembley final to properly sink in.
The Swans reached the Capital One Cup final, where they will face npower League Two Bradford, after a goalless draw in the second leg of their semi-final against Chelsea sealed a 2-0 aggregate win. While Eden Hazard's sending off for kicking a ball boy has grabbed most of the headlines, it should not detract from Swansea's achievement.
Just 10 years ago the club sat rock bottom of the Football League, and a year earlier had faced going out of business. The Dane said: "I think everybody, the players, the staff, and the fans need a couple of days to understand we are there, but the good thing is we have a month to be ready."
That they are now managed by one of the finest European players of the last 30 years and occupy the lofty heights of the top half of the Premier League table seems barely credible.
Yet they will go to Wembley with a chance to secure their first major trophy, and the additional prize of European qualification. Laudrup admits the six-day turnaround before travelling to face Sunderland has come at the right time to allow the scale of Swansea's success to sink in.
Laudrup added: "We have three games in the league before then, but we just need to enjoy it as it is not often in football you can enjoy. We can now enjoy this final for at least a month and hopefully for a while after."
Laudrup revealed he has already started assessing the Bantams, and paid a warm tribute to Phil Parkinson's side.
"The DVD has been invented so I have already seen four or five games.
"I have seen the games against Wigan, Arsenal and both against Aston Villa and looking at those will be important for us.
"What we have done is a small fairytale, but what Bradford have done is amazing. It is great what they have achieved in beating three Premier League sides, but hopefully it stops there."