The Liberty Stadium

Next Game

Swansea v A Villa

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 Swansea

Saturday, 19 April 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Rangel ready for the pressure

Swansea right-back Angel Rangel believes the team can handle the pressure of being Capital One Cup favourites.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 15:58 Post Comment   

Swansea take on League Two side Bradford in the cup final at Wembley on Sunday with the Welsh side looking for their first major trophy.

Rangel was part of the Swans side that won promotion to the Premier League with a play-off final triumph over Reading in 2011 and he hopes the players can once again deal with the emotions.

"I think you always have the pressure," Rangel told Sky Sports. "This time we are not the underdogs, we know that. At the end of the day, it's the cup final and it's all about emotions.

"Winning promotion from the Championship there was one of the highlights of my career. We are going back now and have the chance to experience it again.

"All we have to do is go to Wembley and perform. The most important thing is to win it. You don't want to go there and just play it.

"You just have to think what you would feel like if we went to Wembley and didn't win it. We would feel so bad.

"We know that if we don't win it, it will be a massive disappointment even though we have had a great competition. Let's hope we win it."

The winners of the game will compete in Europe next season which would mark a remarkable rise for Swansea - a process that has encompassed various managers.

The 30-year-old Spaniard credits everyone who has played their part but reserves special praise for current boss Michael Laudrup.

"He's a great manager," added Rangel. "He's a big name in football and knows the game very well. What he's done at Swansea is incredible.

"We also have to congratulate the four managers who have been here over the past six years. They've all played their part but obviously the most recent one will get the credit.

"We are in the top 10 of the Premier League and in a cup final so he deserves it 100 per cent."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Steven Gerrard hopes 'phenomenal' Brendan Rodgers enjoys long Liverpool reign

Captain Steven Gerrard has hailed Brendan Rodgers as "phenomenal" and hopes the manager can build a legacy at Liverpool.

World Cup 2014: Jack Wilshere in good shape for England, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident England midfielder Jack Wilshere will be in good shape for the World Cup.

Premier League: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho 'congratulates' officials after loss to Sunderland

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho fired a thinly-veiled criticism at the officials after the 2-1 home defeat to Sunderland.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property