Date: 21st February 2013 at 10:26pm
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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says his team ‘must take the initiative’ in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley against Bradford City.

The Swans will be clear favourites to beat their League 2 opposition and to win a place in next season’s Europa League, but they should be wary of a team who have beaten three Premier League clubs to reach the final.

Laudrup shared his reaction to Sunday’s game – billed as one of the most important in Swansea City’s history:

“I would think if you go back, it`s very rare to see a major final between a small team in the top flight and a team from the lower leagues.

“When teams from lower down get to the final it is normally against Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham or Liverpool – like when Birmingham played Arsenal.

“This is different because although we are one of the lower teams, we have to accept we are favourites and we must take the initiative in the game.

“We have no problem with that and we accept the majority of people will want Bradford to win as they are the underdogs.

“We have seen what they have done to Wigan, Arsenal and especially to Aston Villa over two legs.

“It is fantastic, if you say what we have done is a fairytale, then the fact Bradford are there is a huge fairytale.”