‘Winning is always the perfect preparation’ - Laudrup looks to Chelsea clash after win over Stoke

The Swansea boss was delighted with his side’s comfortable home win over the Potters, just days before the all-important Capital One Cup semi-final second leg

Michael Laudrup feels Swansea’s 3-1 victory over Stoke is the "perfect preparation" ahead of his side’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

Ben Davies opened the scoring with his first Premier League goal before Jonathan de Guzman bagged a second-half double to seal all three points for the Swans, with Michael Owen netting a late consolation for the Potters.

Laudrup praised his squad’s work ethic throughout the match, insisting his charges dominated from the off at the Liberty Stadium.

“I think it was a very good performance,” Laudrup told reporters. “We dominated from the first minute and the only bad point of the first-half was we did not score from the two or three good chances we had, but apart from that I was pleased with everything.

“In the second half we continued but I knew we needed something special to score the first goal – but I knew if we scored the first goal I was sure we would win.

“I obviously did not expect it to come from a run from the full-back, and if it had I thought it would have been the other full-back so it is great for Ben [Davies], he deserved everything for what he is doing and this will be a very special day for him.

“And the second goal was a fantastic free kick; I have seen Jonathan score a lot of these goals in training so it is nice to see it in a game and the third was the best of the afternoon.

“It had everything we are working towards in training every day every week every month. Play one touch or two touch into the second line, make a run without the ball and finish it was a great goal.”

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Swansea welcome Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday knowing a place in the final against either Aston Villa or Bradford is up for grabs.

The south Wales outfit lead their London counterparts 2-0 from the first leg and boss Laudrup has admitted their win over a tough Stoke side is good preparation ahead of the visit of the European champions.

“And before Chelsea it was great to see because winning is always the perfect preparation, or at least winning and no injuries,” Laudrup said.

“But one of the last things I said in the team meeting before the game [against Stoke] is that can understand if there could be thoughts about game on Wednesday.

“At this level if your focus is elsewhere then you do not only lose the game, there is a big risk of injuries, especially against a physical side like Stoke.

“If you are a little slow in the mind you can get hurt. So a win, a good performance and no injuries, that's as nearly as good as it gets.”