Swansea's Michael Laudrup says win at Chelsea is beyond a dream

Miguel Michu celebrates his goal against Chelsea

Michael Laudrup has conceded that Swansea's 2-0 victory at Chelsea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final was beyond his dreams.

Mistakes by Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic led to Michu and Danny Graham scoring for the Swans, who host the second leg on Wednesday, 23 January.

"We knew it was going to be difficult. I cannot dream about a result like this," said Laudrup.

"It was a fantastic fight [however] there's a long way to go, believe me."

Chelsea dominated possession and territory but were undone by two errors by Ivanovic.

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The Serb was caught in possession for Michu's first-half opener - the Spaniard's 16th goal of the season - and his backpass in second-half injury time was pounced on by Graham for Swansea's second goal.

Chelsea substitute Demba Ba had a goal disallowed after Graham's strike.

Laudrup praised his team's ability to make the most of their chances as they moved closer towards a first major cup final appearance in their history.

"The two goals were two mistakes by Chelsea, but again my players Michu and then Danny were there to take advantage," he said.

"If you take away the goals, I still think they only created a few chances from all of their possession.

"I counted only three big chances - Ramirez and Mata in the first half and the shot from Luiz from close distance in the second half, apart from the disallowed goal which was an offside.

"That's really not that much when you think that we played at the ground of the European champions."

The former Danish international said he was also happy with the way his team adapted their playing style in the face of Chelsea's domination.

"You have to be realistic. You can't think that you can come here to play the European champions and have the ball 60% of the time like we have in the majority of our games," said Laudrup.

"We knew we would have to do something extra - more without the ball than with the ball.

"I think we showed that we have so much apart from quality as well as a lot of confidence in our team.

"I'm so pleased that in two weeks' time we can come back and play at our ground with a possibility of going to that final."

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