Ki not looking too far ahead
Ki Sung-yueng has warned Swansea they cannot afford to turn their minds towards Wembley until they have faced Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
There has been a tangible swell of excitement in the south Wales city since the Swans secured their place in the Capital One Cup final against League Two Bradford.
The sense of expectation is reaching a crescendo with just over a week to go until the club's first major final, but they must first travel to face former boss Brendan Rodgers and his charges on the back of a warm-weather training camp in Dubai.
South Korea international Ki is feeling refreshed after the break in the United Arab Emirates, but knows a lack of focus on the task ahead on Merseyside could rapidly erase the feelgood factor.
"It was good to go to Dubai. It's nice to have some good weather, even though it was not that hot," he said. "It was perfect environment for us to train and also get some rest before two big games.
"But we cannot think about the final when there is Liverpool to play first.
"The next game is always the most important one, especially when you are going to Anfield.
"We want a good result there because we have good memories there after the cup game (winning 3-1 on October 31) and it would be nice to keep it that way, even though we know it will be very different in the league.
"We want to keep the confidence and good atmosphere in the squad before the final, and the best way to do that is to perform well and hopefully get a result."
Ki has proved himself to be a versatile addition to the Swansea squad since his £5.5million switch from Celtic last summer.
He has mainly been employed as a deep-lying protection for the back four, breaking up play and helping launch Swansea's effective rapid counter-attacks.
But he has also been utilised in more advanced roles to take advantage of his neat distribution, and Ki is more than happy to play wherever manager Michael Laudrup sees fit.
"It is true my role varies a lot but it is not difficult," he said.
"I think I know how to play in whichever type of midfield role I have.
"All the midfielders at Swansea know what we want to do in games and our roles so we can change. It is not tough to change roles. We are comfortable both defensively and offensively and that is what helps us."