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Michael Laudrup poised to field shock Swansea City side at Wembley

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

Ki Sung-Yueng could start at Wembley when Swansea City take on Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final

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KI Sung-Yueng is a shock contender to start in central defence when Swansea City face Bradford City in the Capital One Cup final.

Michael Laudrup had been expected to choose between club skipper Garry Monk and promising youngster Kyle Bartley after losing regular first-choice Chico Flores to injury.

But the Evening Post understands he may surprise everyone by playing midfielder Ki alongside Ashley Williams.

That would be a brave call given that Ki’s experience of playing in defence is minimal.

The South Korean international was switched to centre-back for the last 35 minutes of Swansea’s 3-0 defeat by Everton at the Liberty Stadium back in September — but his experience in the position is limited.

Ki then started as a makeshift centre-back in the Capital One Cup victory at Crawley three days later, but he has since been back in his regular midfield role.

Yet Laudrup could now turn to the £5.5 million former Celtic star to fill the gap left by Flores.

Monk and Bartley both started at Liverpool last weekend, and it appears the duo may have paid the price for Swansea’s 5-0 thrashing.

Monk has played more than 300 games at the heart of the back four, while ex-Arsenal man Bartley is also a specialist in the position.

But both those players may be left watching on when Swansea walk out at Wembley tomorrow afternoon.

Monk’s possible absence means Williams will captain Laudrup’s side, while Jonathan de Guzman is expected to play alongside Leon Britton at the base of midfield.

Laudrup is then thought likely to field Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez and Wayne Routledge behind Michu, a ploy which worked so well against Queens Park Rangers a fortnight ago.

Laudrup has confirmed that Gerhard Tremmel will continue in goal, having been Swansea’s choice between the posts throughout their run to Wembley.

“This is a special game for my players,” said the Swansea boss.

“Some of them have played in some huge games, but this is something extra.

“Whether they have been here for many years or only for one or two seasons, they are all looking forward to it.”

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  • kellers27  |  February 24 2013, 9:41PM

    All you lot ****ging off the E Post it looks like they were correct. I thought Ki had a good game tho he did not have much to do as this was like a training session for the Swans. Well done super Swans.

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  • Hadoken888888  |  February 24 2013, 6:58PM

    Dear Creswell1 and Bradford bantum, Try not to feel so badly, hahahahahhahaha. Don't worry boys, your dole cheques will be with you shortly.

  • Pottedrengen  |  February 24 2013, 9:27AM

    If it works Laudrup will be hailed as a tactical genius. If it fails people will be calling for his head, saying his mind is on his next job. It sounds like looking at your team tab and deciding to play the 11 best players without taking shape into account. But apart from fielding three wide men in midfield - which has been a success - Laudrup has already converted Michu from a midfielder to a centreforward and no one would call that anything but a sterling move. So put your trust in Laudfrup. If Ki plays in defence, it's because Laudrup believes he can do a great job there.

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  • CroJack  |  February 24 2013, 2:30AM

    I hope this is not a true story, although I like the combination of three wingers + Michu. Anyway, we are going to play 90 minutes on Bradford's half, and I am confident we are going to win. Come on Swansea!!!!!!!!

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  • cresswell1  |  February 23 2013, 4:05PM

    come on Bradford 2-1

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  • trncjack  |  February 23 2013, 12:28PM

    if this is true , i think its madness, bradford are good at set pieces , and this is NOT the time for experimenting , i think this is just scare mongering journalism

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  • TheSwanseaWay  |  February 23 2013, 10:22AM

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  • TheSwanseaWay  |  February 23 2013, 10:21AM

    I'm sorry, you can't remove my comment criticising your standards of journalism while you leave an article up that finishes mid-sentence. Either do your job as a newspaper properly, or acknowledge you deserve the criticism.

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  • chelsea1955  |  February 23 2013, 10:21AM

    WELL SAID The SwanseaWAY

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  • TheSwanseaWay  |  February 23 2013, 10:07AM

    Fair play, someone got paid to write this article (I assume), and it's half finished. There are countless people, myself included, who take more professional pride in their articles about the Swans, and don't make a penny from it. Anyone looking for an article which was checked before it was published, check out http://tinyurl.com/aebdd8m Follow me on Twitter @TheSwanseaWay.

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