Bradford City cup fever can wait – Michael Laudrup

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup does not expect there to be a cup hangover when his side face Sunderland tomorrow night.

The Swans will be in action for the first time since securing a place in their first major cup final, having dumped European champions Chelsea out at the semi-final stage of the Capital One Cup last week.

There is tangible excitement in the city ahead of next month’s trip to face the Bantams in the final at Wembley.

But Laudrup knows his side cannot afford to get too far ahead of themselves as they face a Black Cats side who have won four of their last six league games.

Yet the Dane believes previous performances this season have shown his side will not be distracted by talk of Wembley.

“I think when we come closer to the final we will notice some cup fever,” he said.

“But we may play Liverpool the week before the final as they are out of the FA Cup, so we may play on that free weekend which means we will have four league games before the final.

“Three of them will be away, against Sunderland, West Ham and Liverpool, with QPR at home.

“They are important games for us and I don’t expect to see a reaction from the team as they have shown me after great performances they can keep it up for the next game.

“The best example is the week when we won at Stamford Bridge on the Wednesday and on Saturday we went to get a great point at Everton in a very difficult game, so I hope to see the same kind of performance tomorrow.

“It does not mean we will get a result, as they need the three points, but if we keep that level, everything is possible for us and we have always said survival is the priority and we still need some points to be sure of that.”

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