Seb Larsson: My memories of 2011

On the tenth anniversary of Birmingham City’s well-known League Cup triumph over Arsenal at Wembley, one in every of Blues’ heroes from the day has been reliving the win in his own phrases.

Seb Larsson was a part of the Birmingham side that helped the membership to an unforgettable 2-1 victory under the arch, one which stays among the many best moments of his career…

“I can’t consider it’s been 10 years however, as they say, time flies if you’re having enjoyable!

“I nonetheless bear in mind it so clearly; I bear in mind the sensation beforehand as a result of it was a particular one. I bear in mind the primary goal, I bear in mind Arsenal’s goal and how we needed to dangle on a bit, however in fact I additionally bear in mind Obafemi Martins being there to place it in on the end. We triggered a big upset to beat Arsenal and win the Cup. I’ll bear in mind it for all times.

“I had a robust feeling that we might do it, particularly within the run up. We had a neighborhood derby against Villa on the way in which to the Final, and we had been virtually down and out against West Ham however managed to turn it round, and that constructed our perception that something was attainable. Coming up against a team like Arsenal, we knew all of the strain was on them… no-one really gave us a chance. We used to that our benefit, as a result of we didn’t focus an excessive amount of on the strain.

“Ben Foster was good that day, and if you’re an underdog in a cup final, you want that. With out him, we’d have gone on to lose the Final that day, and that might have been it. You want you keeper to step up in a big recreation like that, and he did.


“I bear in mind listening to beforehand that it had been such a protracted time since Birmingham had lifted a trophy, and so to be a part of that’s one thing particular. Rapidly, we’re 10 years down the street and reliving these memories once more, so it’s a particular feeling. No matter what I’ve achieved earlier than or after that, to be part of Birmingham City history in that manner is particular.

“Sadly, I needed to go straight into doping management after the sport, so I bear in mind being sat in there with a bottle of champagne! I wished to get back to the dressing room, however that was my preliminary celebration, on my own within the doping management room. We went back as much as Birmingham and had a great evening collectively; we just loved ourselves and wished to benefit from the moment collectively.

“It’s proper up there with the best moments in my career, little doubt about it. It’s the one trophy I received in England. I’ve played for my country and received the league in Sweden, however in fact that Final is true up there. Being at Wembley too, it’s such an iconic place to play football, so it’s within the top three moments of my career.”

Larsson was talking completely to the EFL.


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