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Angel: We want to make history

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16:17 22nd January 2013

. . . Swans defender gives us his thoughts ahead of Wednesday's clash against Chelsea


Angel Rangel insists he and his fellow Swans team-mates want to create more history by reaching a first major cup final.

The Swans face Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday in the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Michael Laudrup’s men hold a two-goal advantage following that memorable win at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago.

But Rangel and co are now bidding to become the first team in Swansea’s 100-year history by reaching a major cup final.

And the Spaniard is well aware that Wednesday’s clash is the one that everyone has been waiting for.

 “Everyone knows that the play-off final was the biggest game at that time, but Wednesday’s game is probably the biggest in Swansea’s history,” said Rangel.

“We are playing a big team and we know that getting through to the final would be a dream - it’s one of those games that you wait a long time for.

“It will be a long 90 minutes but we are playing in front of our own supporters, we are confident and we want to make history.”

A fortnight ago the Swans produced one of their best performances of the season as they secured a 2-0 win at the home of the European champions.

Goals from Michu and Danny Graham gave Laudrup’s men a great advantage going into the second leg, but Rangel was coy about whether he thought the home side were favourites to reach Wembley.

“There are no favourites,” he said. “We know we have a big advantage and Chelsea now have to come to the Liberty and it’s not an easy place to play.

“They have to score three, but we are confident at home and the tie is in our hands.

“Hopefully the fans will be as loud as always and help us along the way.”

Chelsea boast a plethora of attacking talent within their ranks, notably a strike force of Fernando Torres and new signing Demba Ba.

The latter - a recent acquisition from Newcastle – came on as a late substitute in the first leg and saw a goal ruled out for offside, as well as seeing a penalty claim waved away.

And Rangel admits that the Swans cannot afford to sit back on Wednesday, with the visitors having nothing to lose in order to force their way back into the tie.

“We can’t just defend for 90 minutes,” he said. “We know we have to play our game and try to score a goal which will make it difficult for them.

“But the most important thing is to get through, at any cost. Hopefully we’ll approach it with the right plan and win the game.”

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