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Laudrup: Cups are so special

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hoping to lead the club to their first major final as he prepares for Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough.

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Michael Laudrup: Swansea manager seeking cup final appearance

Michael Laudrup: Swansea manager seeking cup final appearance

Laudrup took Getafe to the Copa del Rey final in 2008 when he worked in Spain and he now wants a Wembley appearance with Swansea who have never previously got this far in the competition in their 100-year history.

He said: "The downside with Getafe was we lost the final, but I still remember when we started in the first round all the way through to the final.

"It was very special and we also got to the Europa League quarter-finals.

"It was a fantastic year, though obviously we had to keep our eyes on the league and you have to manage that, that's the difficult part.

"That's something we could have to manage in January, but there is the possibility to maybe go and play in a final and win a trophy.

"When you are a smaller club when do you ever get the chance to play for a trophy?

"Being in mid-table or avoiding relegation is great, but it is a special feeling to win a trophy and we can do it with a cup.

"I have been to Wembley as a player, and been to finals as a manager and it's special.

"Cups are so special, you can win, lose or draw in the league, but in the cup it is one or the other - you go on or you're out."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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