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Garry Monk dreams of Wembley return with Swansea City — but focuses on Tottenham Hotspur

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

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GARRY Monk admits Swansea City are full of Wembley wonder after reaching the League Cup semi-finals — but insists their focus will be right at Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Swansea's players are dreaming of a return to the scene of their 2011 Championship play-off final win after reaching the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

Swansea are through to the last four of a major competition for the first time in 48 years — and for only the third time ever — after beating Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

They will now take on either Chelsea, Leeds — those two meet in the last quarter-final next week — Aston Villa or League Two minnows Bradford in a two-legged semi-final next month.

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Swansea will discover who they will face when the draw takes place next Wednesday night, but first Michael Laudrup's men must turn their attention to Sunday's Premier League clash with Spurs.

And Monk believes they will run out at White Hart Lane with more confidence than they have ever had before at one of the top clubs.

"You always dream," said Swansea's long-standing club skipper.

"I said after the play-off final that to go to Wembley and lift a cup was something not many people have done, and to do it again would be amazing.

"But we won't get too carried away, let's see who we get in the semi-finals first and then think about it.

"For now we have to think about Tottenham.

"They are a really good side who are full of talent, but we've won at Arsenal and getting that kind of result against a big team proved to us that we can go to these grounds and win.

"That is a big thing for us going into Spurs. We'll go with confidence and with more belief than we've ever had.

"You can talk about playing well against the big sides, which we have done, but you need to get results as well and we backed it up at Arsenal.

"We cleared a psychological barrier. It's not that we ever played badly against these teams, but a result gives you that extra few per cent in terms of belief, and hopefully we can take that into the game on Sunday."

Laudrup is likely to make changes to the side which struggled past Boro, with Monk one of those who could drop out as Ashley Williams is back from suspension.

Ki Sung-Yueng will hope for a recall in midfield, while Swansea have hinted that this will be the game where Michel Vorm returns after some seven weeks out.

Laudrup reckons Swansea will have a big opportunity to progress whoever they are paired with next in the League Cup, and argues that favourites Chelsea have only a 50 per cent chance of progressing at Elland Road.

"It's a great achievement to be in the last four, but when you get this far you want to take the next step," the Dane said.

Monk, meantime, admits there will be a battle for a starting jersey as Swansea edge closer to a maiden major final.

"It's an amazing achievement and something the club needed," he added.

"The progression we've made has been incredible, but this is the next step again.

"We've not had the best runs in the cups in the past, there's been a couple when we've done all right but nothing to this extent and it's great.

"Whoever we get next, we'll give them a game."

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  • Hadoken666645  |  December 15 2012, 1:33AM

    We are at this stage now where we have no choice but to really go for it. If we lose in the semis we will be sad for not getting to wembley. If we win the semis and get into the final, we will be sad for not winning at wembley. So we should go for it 100% now. Fans and all.... Monk has been great for us, especially in the cup.