Gerhard Tremmel hopes for Wembley final and new contract
GERHARD Tremmel aims to guide Swansea City to Wembley tonight — and then hopes to sort out a new contract.
Michael Laudrup will stick with his No. 2 keeper in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg because he has played throughout the competition.
And Laudrup has revealed that Tremmel, whose current deal is up this summer, is keen to sign a fresh agreement.
"The last I heard is that Gerhard is very interested in staying here for another year," said the Swansea manager.
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Laudrup says he has not considered picking Michel Vorm this evening despite the Dutchman's strong record when facing penalties.
The tie will be settled on spot-kicks if Chelsea win 2-0 after extra time, but Laudrup pointed out: "I'm hoping it will not go to penalties."
Swansea are optimistic that Chico Flores will be fit after the centre-back missed last Saturday's league win over Stoke with a knee problem.
Flores is likely to replace club skipper Garry Monk. Leon Britton could return in midfield, with Itay Shechter the man most likely to miss out.
Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez, meantime, must decide whether to play Fernando Torres or Demba Ba in attack — or pick both of them.
He has not ruled out the idea of fielding both strikers, but the smart money is on Ba getting the nod given that Torres started Sunday's win over Arsenal.
David Luiz (ankle) is not expected to feature, but John Terry is fit after missing the first leg. And Benitez claims he has a simpler job than his opposite number tonight given that the Blues must win big.
"For me, it's easier than for Michael Laudrup, because we have to score and we have to win the game," said Benitez.
"For them, it depends, they may try to play on the counter-attack, or play how they usually do, but I think they will wait for us and play deep.
"We have the confidence we can do it. We are playing against a good team, but if you remember the first game we had a lot of chances.
"We know they will try to score a goal and put more pressure on us, but we have to go there and try to win.
"Obviously 1-0 isn't enough, but we can do it because we have enough quality in the squad."