Ivanovic errors hand initiative to Swansea as Michu strikes

Swansea City's Miguel Michu
Swansea City's Miguel Michu
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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup warned his players they still face a “mountain to climb” despite shocking Chelsea 2-0 in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge last night.

A pair of Branislav Ivanovic mistakes ensured the Swans got full reward for a battling performance at the home of the European champions.

Michu swooped on Ivanovic’s initial error in the first half before Danny Graham gave the Welsh club a near-decisive lead in injury-time.

Laudrup admitted the performance was one of the best since he took charge in the summer, but warned his side could ill-afford to begin thinking about a Wembley final.

“To be honest I’m delighted with the result. I would lie otherwise,” he said. “I think we have had some historic results already this season – winning at Anfield and at the Emirates. Winning at the European champions though is something very special.

“But there is still a mountain to climb.

“They have so much quality and we will have to play exactly the same; with the same intensity. They could still score three of four goals against us. But I am most happy about going into the second leg at home with a possibility to play a final at Wembley.”

Laudrup offered most praise for his side’s defence, who restricted Chelsea’s chances despite conceding the majority of possession.

“I think we knew it would be a difficult game,” he said.

“The possession they had was much more than us – that’s obvious. But to be honest they only had three big chances.

“They gave us two goals, but you have to score them. They are two mistakes but even if you take away the two goals they only created three chances. It was a marvellous fight.”

Defender Ashley Williams admitted the return leg in a fortnight would be one of the biggest occasions in the club’s history.

“It will be a massive game. We’re only halfway their in a massive tie,” he said.

“If we do get to Wembley it will be massive for everyone.”