Cup lucky charm Ki relishes ‘massive’ chance for Sunderland glory

Ki Sung-Yueng celebrates his midweek winner against Chelsea
Ki Sung-Yueng celebrates his midweek winner against Chelsea
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KI SUNG-YUENG has proved a lucky charm in the Capital One Cup during his 18 months in English football.

Last season, following his £6million move from Celtic, Ki helped Swansea through to the final of the League Cup.

The South Korean played more than an hour of the 5-0 thrashing over League Two club Bradford as the Swans lifted the first major trophy in the club’s 101-year history.

The on-loan Swansea midfielder has continued his love affair with the competition at Sunderland this season after netting the dramatic extra-time winner in Tuesday night’s quarter-final victory over Chelsea.

Ki celebrated wildly following his first goal in English football and was well aware of the significance of his strike after sending Sunderland through to the last four of the competition for the first time since Peter Reid’s side were knocked out at the same stage by Leicester in 1999.

While semi-final opponents Manchester United have made lifting trophies an annual occurrence, the 24-year-old knows it is a far more unique experience for supporters of clubs such as Sunderland and Swansea to have a sniff of silverware.

Ki told the Football Echo: “When I was at Swansea, that was the first time in 100 years that the club had won something.

“Teams like us, if you win a cup, it’s massive for everyone.

“We are not like Manchester United, Man City or Chelsea, who win lots of trophies.

“For a club, like Sunderland, this is massive.”

Ki was able to enjoy last season’s showpiece event at Wembley after Swansea’s triumph was effectively secured five minutes before half-time when they went 2-0 up.

But that remains a distant dream for Sunderland, with Gus Poyet’s side needing to pull off another cup upset in January’s two-legged semi-final against reigning Premier League champions Manchester United.

Ki added: “I was in the final with Swansea last year and it’s an amazing atmosphere at Wembley.

“We can’t look that far ahead yet though because we’ve still got a semi-final to play.”

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