Jordi's up for the cup
22nd January 2014
Jordi Amat insists all focus is on the FA Cup as the Swans look to progress in the "special tournament."
Michael Laudrup's side head to Championship outfit Birmingham City on Saturday (3pm) with a place in the fifth round at stake.
A memorable 2-1 win over Manchester United in the last round - the first time the Swans have won at Old Trafford - booked a tie with the Blues at St Andrews.
And despite a string of important league games to follow, Amat insists everyone in the squad is fully focussed on Saturday's trip to the West Midlands.
"The FA Cup is very special for everyone - it's a famous competition, and everyone in the squad realise the importance of it," said the Spaniard.
"When I was in Spain, I knew the FA Cup had a lot of history and it was a very popular competition here.
"And I'm happy that I've already had the chance to play in it.
"I know some teams may look at the cup competitions and not take them as seriously as the league, but you ask the players and supporters how amazing their day at Wembley was (last February). To win a cup is a special feeling, and one all footballers want to accomplish.
"We showed in the last round how serious we are about the FA Cup. To go to Manchester United - a massive club - and win was a real statement.
"Now we have to go to Birmingham, who we lost to in the Capital One Cup earlier this season, and hopefully we can make up for that.
"A win would be great for us, not only because it would mean we will progress in the competition but it also raises confidence ahead of the next match."
Injuries within the squad have meant Amat has been deployed as a defensive midfielder in the last two league matches against Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
It is a new experience for the 21-year-old, who has made 18 appearances since his summer switch from La Liga side Espanyol.
But he is enjoying a role which he has quickly adapted to following injuries to key midfielders.
He added: "It is new to me, but I've enjoyed it. I've felt okay in the position, and I've learned a lot about it.
"You have to think a lot quicker and decide where your next pass will be almost before you even get the ball.
"But it's good for me to know how the midfielder has to think in a game. When I'm back in defence, I think that knowledge will help me build a stronger link with the midfield."