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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup relishing Premier League trip to Tottenham

Michael Laudrup: Looking forward to White Hart Lane fixture on Sunday

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Michael Laudrup believes a trip to Tottenham this weekend is the perfect contest for his Swansea side after securing their first cup semi-final appearance for 48 years.

Laudrup's men reserved their spot in the Capital One Cup final four with a 1-0 win over Championship side Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

The Swans join Arsenal's conquerors Bradford, Aston Villa and either Leeds or Chelsea in the penultimate round next month.

Laudrup said: "It's great to have the semi-final there, but I am happy we play Tottenham away on Sunday.

"That's perfect, because I know on Sunday everyone will be focused once again.

"It would have been much more difficult to play a home game against a smaller team on Sunday or Saturday, so Tottenham away is perfect."

Swansea City have not reached a semi-final since losing 2-1 to Preston in the 1963-64 FA Cup, when they were known as Swansea Town.

Despite off-field financial troubles at the time and a second division relegation battle, their cup run was highlighted by a stunning quarter-final victory over Bill Shankly's Liverpool.

"It would have been much more difficult to play a home game against a smaller team on Sunday or Saturday, so Tottenham away is perfect."

Michael Laudrup

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"I think all the teams left in the competition think they have a possibility to go to Wembley," Laudrup added.

"We think that, Villa and Bradford as well. It is fantastic. That is what these competitions are all about.

"We didn't play well in the first half (against Middlesbrough), but it wasn't because the players didn't have the right attitude or focus. We were too tense."

Starting against Spurs, Swansea face a programme of six league and cup games in three weeks before the semi-final first leg.

"The next game (semi-final) is not Wembley, it's Bradford, Birmingham, Leeds or London," Laudrup said.

"And before we play the first leg, we have Tottenham, Man United, Reading, Fulham, Aston Villa, and Arsenal in the FA Cup."

Due to Chelsea's Club World Cup commitments in Japan this week, their quarter-final tie at Elland Road is next Wednesday, and Laudrup believes it could be a testing fixture for them.

"For me, it is a 50-50," he added. "Chelsea come back (from Japan) I think on Monday, and then they play Wednesday. Leeds away? That is not easy."

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