February 24, 2011 | In: Articles
Larsson backing Ferguson
Birmingham City winger Sebastian Larsson believes captain Barry Ferguson can lead the club to Carling Cup glory against Arsenal on Sunday.
Blues will contest their first major cup final at Wembley since 1956 when they tackle Arsene Wenger’s side this weekend.
Ferguson is no stranger to silverware having won no less than 15 trophies during his time with Rangers and Larsson is backing him to relish Sunday’s showpiece event.
Former Arsenal man Larsson knows all about their opponents having come through the club’s youth system and feels Ferguson has a lot in common with Spanish playmaker Cesc Fabregas.
“Fergie has a lot of confidence as a player in the same way as Cesc,” said Ferguson. “I won’t compare them directly but Fergie has been a real leader for us.
“He has been the guy who has kept the team ticking over and we were crying out for that type of player when he came to the club a couple of years ago.
“You can see he’s a guy who has won a lot in his career.
“He’s had a big career and he demands the highest standards in every match. He certainly won’t be fazed by facing Cesc at Wembley on Sunday.
“Fergie came down from Rangers as a big name and a player who had done a lot in the game and he’s just been himself since he arrived.
“I don’t think he was trying to prove a point, he just kept playing his football and demanding the ball and showed a lot of confidence in himself.
“With Cesc, you could see his quality straight away when he signed as a 16-year-old and he was thrown into the first team quite quickly.
“Everyone knew there was a good chance he’d become a top player. You can never say for definite anyone will make it but he’s now up there with the best.
“Not many players in the world have the type of talent he does. It was obvious Arsene Wenger believed in him straight away. He pushed him in to the team very quickly and showed a lot of faith in him and has been proved correct as Cesc is now one of the best players in the world.”
Meanwhile, Larsson, who is out of contract in the summer, insists he has an excellent relationship with manager Alex McLeish.
“I had a good relationship with Steve Bruce who first brought me to the club but it has been very good for me since the gaffer came in,” he continued.
“He showed a lot of faith in me straight away and I’ve been in the team most weeks since and I’m grateful to him for that.
“We’ve always worked well together. I suppose it’s easy when you feel a lot of confidence from the manager.
“He’s very calm, he talks to you honestly and has always made it clear he wants me to stay at the club.”