Swansea go into this final off the back of a 5-0 thumping and they may already feel as though they’ve got this one in the bag, considering they are up against a League Two side.
However, there are a few mistakes they cannot make.
The job of Michael Laudrup and the experienced players at the club is to guard against complacency. If there is any element of this then Bradford will take advantage of it as they have done in the last two rounds.
Failure to make properly and defend basically against set pieces is something Arsenal and Aston Villa both struggled with. Bradford will try and hurt Swansea with set pieces so if they can cut this out as a threat, they should be halfway there.
It’s very important that every single member of the Swansea team retains their discipline. If Bradford dig in and defend well again, then it will be hard for players not to fly out of position and go after the ball, which will hurt the basic shape of the side.
Swansea have to show a greater deal of initiative than both Arsenal and Aston Villa did. This simply means thinking of different ways to break Bradford down because they can’t sit back and expect things to happen. Bradford will be unorthodox at times which means using basic initiative and logic to counter.
Both Arsenal and Aston Villa wasted good chances to knock Bradford out of the competition. Chances are imperative during a final so Swansea have to be as lethal in this game with their chances as if they were playing Manchester United. If not they risk the game going to penalties - The Bantams knocked both Wigan and Arsenal out on shootouts, and are well-drilled and full of confidence, so Swansea must be clinical in the 90 or 120 minutes.
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