Michael Laudrup: Swansea City success at Wembley would be my finest hour
MICHAEL Laudrup admits winning the Capital One Cup with Swansea City would rank as his perhaps greatest achievement in football.
Laudrup leads Swansea out at Wembley this weekend to face Bradford City.
It is a first ever major final for Swansea — but the latest in a long line of showpiece occasions in Laudrup's stellar career.
The Dane's list of honours is sensational, with a European Cup, five La Liga titles and one Serie A crown among his numerous achievements.
But Laudrup rates successes as a manager above what he did as a player.
And although he has won trophies during his time as Brondby boss, he believes bringing silverware to South Wales would top the triumphs he enjoyed in his homeland.
"I have won quite a few trophies as a player," Laudrup said.
"This is my fourth final as a manager and I think personally it's bigger to win as a manager.
"As a player you just do what you know how to do, you try your best as part of the team.
"As the manager you are the one who has to put together the puzzle.
"You cannot go and play but you have to make a team.
"You see that team develop and to see them winning a trophy — that is such a great day.
"I won things at Brondby, but they were one of the top two teams in Denmark so that is one thing.
"With all the respect for us we are a smaller team, so to win with Swansea would be up there among the best results I have had."
Swansea have opted not to do anything out of the ordinary this week even though they are in a final.
They will travel to London on Saturday, when Chico Flores will be on the bus even though he is almost certain to miss out come Sunday afternoon.
Swansea have not officially ruled the centre-back out of contention, but it is thought he has no chance of recovering from an ankle injury in time to feature.
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