Michael Laudrup hails Swansea City heroes after they beat Chelsea
MICHAEL Laudrup hailed his Swansea City heroes after they created history last night.
And the Dane insisted the players deserved their moment of glory after they reached the final of the Capital One Cup.
Swansea will head to Wembley next month as one of the most overwhelming favourites in cup history — they are as short as 1-6 to win the trophy ahead of their clash with League Two Bradford.
Swansea held on to the two-goal advantage which they carved out at Stamford Bridge a fortnight earlier — but the contest witnessed one of the most bizarre moments in British football when Chelsea's Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking a ball boy in the second half.
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But the incident did not cloud a great night for Laudrup and his team.
"Over two legs, Chelsea had the ball more than us," he said.
"That is normal, that is Chelsea. But last night they didn't really have any good chances.
"We had some good chances. They had to score at least two, but to be honest we deserved it.
"They didn't score once in 180 minutes.
"Most of these players have never been to a final. I've been there lots of times as a player and a manager, and it is so different.
"It is absolutely amazing and you will always remember it."
Match report — see pages 62&63