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Swansea City's Michel Vorm: We can shock big-hitters Chelsea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

Vorm in training

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MICHEL Vorm has urged Swansea City to strike a blow for the Premier League's smaller clubs as they battle Chelsea for a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Michael Laudrup's men will start as heavy underdogs when they kick off their semi-final first leg at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night.

Swansea hope to humble Rafael Benitez's megamoney squad and land a place in a first ever major final.

For Chelsea, by contrast, the Swansea tie is a chance to land yet another trophy.

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The current Champions League and FA Cup holders, the Blues have won no fewer than 11 major finals in the Premier League era and finished as runners-up on four more occasions.

According to the bookies, the key question over the next couple of weeks is whether Chelsea will be facing Aston Villa or Bradford City at Wembley.

But having proved over and again in recent times that they have the ability to trouble even the biggest clubs, Swansea believe they can cause a shock.

"We have shown this season what we're capable of — not only playing good football but also playing with a good mentality," said Vorm.

"I think Chelsea know that, and we really have to give everything so we can get a good result.

"Hopefully we can get a draw or a small defeat and then we can kill them off at home."

Swansea have taken points off every one of the top sides since climbing into the Premier League, and there have been other examples of unfancied teams upsetting the big clubs elsewhere this season.

"Look at Chelsea's game against Queens Park Rangers (last week)," Vorm added.

Competitive

"Everyone was looking at what Chelsea had done to Aston Villa (they beat them 8-0), but QPR won.

"That's why I love the Premier League. Everyone is really competitive and you don't really know what to expect.

"That gives us inspiration. Clubs like Manchester United lose to Norwich and Chelsea lose to QPR at Stamford Bridge.

"Even for us tomorrow, you don't know what to expect.

"They have a strong squad, but we have shown we are capable."

Swansea have triumphed in three of their four games in London this season — against QPR, Arsenal and most recently Fulham.

Even a draw tomorrow would be an excellent result with the home leg to come in a fortnight, while a narrow defeat would keep Swansea firmly in the tie.

"We have to play one game at a time and just make sure we give 100 per cent until the 90th minute," Vorm said.

Prize

"If you lose a game but you have given everything, you can't blame yourself.

"A team like Swansea are not really going to be playing for the championship so to be close to a final, and close to winning a prize, is fantastic for us.

"What Swansea have achieved in the last 18 months is just a dream for the players and especially for the people who live here.

"People have seen Swansea come from far down and everybody is enjoying what we're doing."

Ashley Williams, Angel Rangel, Pablo Hernandez and Michu were left out of the Swansea starting side against Arsenal in the FA Cup last weekend, but all four look likely to return to Laudrup's XI tomorrow night.

Gareth Vincent

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