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The performance wasn't what we've come to expect from Swansea City, but we're only 90 minutes away from a trip to Wembley following the first win at Chelsea in 87 years.
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The performance wasn't what we've come to expect from Swansea City, but we're only 90 minutes away from a trip to Wembley following the first win at Chelsea in 87 years.

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If there was a game that truly highlighted the difference between Swansea City under Brendan Rodgers, and the Swansea City under Michael Laudrup it was the smash and grab job that the Welsh wonders perpetrated on the boys from the Kings Road in the first leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final win over Chelsea.

There wasn't much evidence of the slick passing or the clever triangles to release the adventurous mercurial attacking threats that the Swans possess, with Laudrup even sacrificing Wayne Routledge - a winger, early in the second half for Dwight Tiendalli - a defender, to strengthen the team and to grind out a result.

The key change has come in the form of resilience, where before the Swans would attempt to nullify a teams attacking options by retaining possession there seems to be a steely resolve throughout the team as they implement superb tactics dished out by their manager.

It wasn't a classic slick footballing display that got the better of Chelsea at the bridge but it was a classic performance none the less. Very much a case of out Chelsea-ing Chelsea. Just like they dispatched Barcelona on their way to eventual Champions League glory, the Swans 'parked the bus' and soaked up wave after wave of Blue swarming attacks.

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It wasn't pretty, but the will to win and get a positive result was evident to see. Laudrup has come out in saying that he believes his players can make history by getting to the final of a cup completion and the Swansea side that triumphed over Chelsea oozed that.

It's hard to pinpoint a standout performer on the night for the Swans as every player put a shift in against a Chelsea starting 11 that totalled £203m against Swansea's £18.5m. Though there is a gag doing the rounds that Ivanovic had a blistering debut for the Jacks, his two errors proving costly with Michu and Danny Graham both capitalising and finishing with aplomb to give the visitors from South Wales a great lead going in to a second leg at the liberty Stadium in two weeks time.

The league game finished 1-1 in November at the home of Wales' only Premiership side and the Jack Army would take the exact same result in the second leg. Chelsea will come all guns blazing and it'll make for a cracking match. The Blues can score freely, and have done in the Capital One Cup, so the Swans team as a whole will once again have to put a disciplined spirited performance in if they are to make a return to wembley.

While Chelsea will no doubt again deluge the Swansea goal with scenes reminiscent of the Alamo, the first leg will stand as a good reminder that the Swans are now more than capable to soak up pressure and pick teams off being clinical with their chances. The first leg victory and performance over the current Champions of Europe was football, but not as we know it.