Carling Cup: Swansea and Bradford one step closer to the final

Carling Cup: Swansea and Bradford one step closer to the final

The Carling Cup

Swansea and Bradford City have both taken a step closer to the Carling Cup final at Wembley by winning the first legs of their semi-finals.

The Carling Cup


Bradford produced a superb performance earlier in the week to beat Aston Villa 3-1 and give themselves a two goal advantage heading into the second leg at Villa Park.

They backed up their win against Arsenal on penalties, with a dominant display where they looked like the better side throughout the match. Their performances against Arsenal and Aston villa at home will go down as two of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history.


However, Swansea’s performance away at Chelsea was just as impressive, as Michael Laudrup’s side ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from strikers Michu and Danny Graham.

Their performance was more efficient, soaking up large spells of Chelsea pressure before capitalising on some rare mistakes in the Chelsea defence which have handed the Welsh side the advantage.

Carling Cup final

Both sides were expected to perform poorly over the two legs of each semi-final with Aston Villa and Chelsea the stronger sides on paper and the sides backed heavily with the bookmakers.

It will be a remarkable achievement, especially for Bradford, if they both make the Carling Cup final next month as it presents each side with the chance to win a rare piece of silverware.

However, both sides must negotiate another 90 minutes where Villa and Chelsea have the chance to turn things around.

It goes to demonstrate how any side can go into a domestic cup tournament and upset the odds because the occasion rubs off on the players and causes them to perform more effectively than normal.

If Bradford and Swansea both make it through to the final then its anyone’s game because Bradford would have proven they can beat Premier League opposition regularly, while Swansea will experience the rare pleasure of being the heavily odds on favourites.

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  1. Triple E from Uli,Anambra,Nigeria. Banitez proved to be the worst gambler and never a coach with the first leg semi final match between Chelsea and Swansea. No good coach can change a winning team for any reason. What happened to the team that beat Southerton 5 :1.Benitez is just a body builder not a football coach. The earlier he is shown the way out the more chances Chelsea will have to lift one trumph this seaso n.Benitez is bad luck,bad news and then evil. Always wanting to favour his speniard, flat footed brother, adamma tores.

  2. Show some respect for dat man jo because he is not the course that make chelsea loose to swans but defensive errors and our attackers not been cleaniker in front of goal. I think he is just been careful abut wat abramovich will say abot ft sitting on the bench, the did has been done and abramovich will now no is time for torres to marry the bench.

  3. Rafa can’t be blamed for the poor play of his defence there is only one person to blame and that is ivanovich let’s see them play at Swansea and revel in the result Petra is back in goal and jt is back for guidance chelsea will overcome this setback and march on to lift the cup

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