Last season Swansea City took the Premier League by storm, playing some of the most flowing and fast paced football in the country, shrugging off any chance of a relegation battle, with their superb form leading them to an 11th place finish.
When Swansea's influential manager Brendan Rodgers opted for the red of Liverpool in the summer, many expected the Swans to falter, and see an end to the fantastic football seen at the Liberty Stadium.
Losing midfield mastermind Joe Allen to the Anfield outfit, and Scott Sinclair to Manchester City was reason enough to think it would be a different story this season.
Having appointed Danish manager Michael Laudrup to replace Rodgers, the Dane wasted little time in recruiting new players. The one name on everybody's lips is Spanish striker Michu. He has become the bargain buy so far this season, costing a measly £2m, and going on to score 13 league goals so far.
Signings such as Jonathan de Guzman and Pablo Hernandez have also had their part to play in the success of the current campaign, putting in a number of fantastic performances.
It's not only these new signings that have put the Swans to 9th in the table, strong and consistent form from players such as club captain Ashley Williams, Garry Monk and Leon Britton, have played a huge part.
The philosophy of ball retention Rogers implemented at Swansea, has been continued by Laudrup, and the Dane has been able to avoid the dreaded 'second season syndrome.'
The success for Swansea not only sees them in the top half of the table, but also in a major cup final, having knocked Chelsea out of the Capital One Cup to set up a fairytale fixture with Bradford City; The League 2 side who have scalped Arsenal, Wigan and Aston Villa to make it to Wembley.
The Swans will fancy their chances of Silverware against Bradford, and should they play the flowing football with the confidence, they so commonly exhibit in the Premier League, it is hard to see how Bradford can overcome them.
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