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Feb 24, 2013

Laudrup: Cup final my big moment

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has said victory in the Capital One Cup on Sunday would represent the biggest achievement in his young managerial career.

Laudrup's squad head into the final against League Two opponents Bradford City as favourites to land a major piece of silverware, a feat the small Welsh club could hardly imagine at the start of the season.

And Laudrup refused to downplay the impact victory would have on both the club and his career, should Swansea hold aloft the trophy at Wembley Stadium.

"It will be my biggest achievement as a manager because it will be a small club winning a trophy," Laudrup told the Telegraph. "Because of what it means to this club, to this city, to everybody and because of that it will be huge."

Swansea have enjoyed a number of superb performances this season, the club sitting mid-table on 37 points in the Premier League and still with a chance to reach a European spot.

But it has been the club's run in the League Cup which has really caught the eye, the semi-final two-legged defeat of Chelsea a remarkable achievement for Laudrup and his men.

However, with the positive results has come the added expectation of achievement, and despite Bradford's giant-killing ways - the League Two club overcame both Arsenal and Aston Villa en route to the final - Laudrup is under no illusions his side are expected to brush the minnows aside in an "extraordinary" final.

"It puts some pressure on us and we have to accept we are the favourites for the simple reason that we are the Premier League side and that makes it such a different, extraordinary final because in normal circumstances we would be sitting here now talking about Swansea going to the final after winning at Anfield and beating the Champions League winners from last season [Chelsea] over two legs without conceding a goal and now we have to play Man City, Man United, Tottenham, whatever," he said.

"No, we have to play a League Two team so that makes it so extraordinary this final. This is such a special game and I think it will be a game and a competition which will be remembered because of Bradford.

"In 10 years' time people will still remember the year that Swansea played Bradford. If it had been Swansea against Man City or Man Utd then last year it was Cardiff v Liverpool, two years ago Birmingham v Arsenal. So we can win the game and they will be remembered. That's the deal."

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