Unselfish Ki Sung-yueng lays foundation for Swansea glory

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 4:13am


Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng admitted he was happy to sacrifice himself for the good of the team as the South Korean's surprise switch to centre-back was rewarded with a League Cup winners' medal.

Swans manager Michael Laudrup asked Ki to play out of position against Bradford because he was missing regular centre-back Chico Flores due to injury.

The 24-year-old was up for the challenge and spent the three days leading up to the Wembley showpiece undergoing a crash course in the art of defending.

"Being centre-back was interesting. The main thing was to move the ball quickly and I think I did well at the important points in the game," Ki said. "I didn't expect to play centre-back, but the gaffer asked me and the most important thing was not to let the team down. I have been studying for the last three days.

"I don't care which position I play. The most important thing is that I do something for the team. I sacrifice for the team. It's a great feeling."

In truth, Ki needn't have bothered brushing up on his defensive skills.

Swansea were so superior to Bradford that it took Phil Parkinson's team 87 minutes to get a shot on target, by which time the former Celtic star had already been substituted with the game long since won.

Ki admitted his first appearance in an English cup final had been a dream come true, especially since the trophy was the club's first piece of major silverware in their 100-year history.

"The fans are amazing. There will not be many chances in my life to play in front of over 80,000 fans," Ki said.

Meanwhile, Spanish forward Michu claimed his goal, which came just before half-time to put Swansea 2-0 up, was the killer blow for Bradford.

Michu, who at £2 million (HK$23.5 million) has proved the bargain buy of the season, said: "It was the key before half-time. I think the game finished a little bit with this goal. Then with the third goal and red card it was all over.

"We scored five goals and played very well, so we deserved it. Bradford are a good team, but we are in the Premier League and they are in League Two."