There are bound to be plenty of nerves in the Swansea dressing room on Sunday 24th February as the Welsh club looks to win its first ever piece of domestic silverware. The Swans have come a long way since nearly dropping out of the football league a decade ago. Success in the Capital One Cup final would round off a remarkable story.
Any die hard Swansea fan may consider their 2003 win over Hull City as the most important game in the club’s history. That day was seen as Swansea’s rebirth as they avoided becoming a non-league team, and they haven’t looked back since.
In 2011 they continued their remarkable climb up the football pyramid by winning the Championship play-off final to reach the promised land of the Premier League. On paper, their return to Wembley to face League Two Bradford City is the easiest of the recent challenges the South Wales outfit have had to deal with. After all, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester city and Liverpool have been no match for Swansea in the last 12 months, so they are understandably red hot favourites in the Capital One Cup.
Swansea’s success is in large part down to chairman Huw Jenkins’ backing and consistency when hiring managers. Roberto Martinez started the club’s revolution in terms of their style of play and Paulo De Sousa, Brendan Rodgers and now Michael Laudrup have carried that on.
It looks as though Laudrup is going to take the majority of the glory should the Swans win at Wembley but his influence can not be underestimated either. The Dane has given his team more of an attacking edge, while putting his knowledge of Spanish football to good use to bring in Michu, Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez.
Top scorer Michu, who has 17 goals in all competitions, looks as though he will be the man to write his name and Swansea’s into football history by leading the club to the Capital One Cup. A Bradford win would be a fairytale, but surely the football romantics amongst us will appreciate a Swans victory.
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