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Laudrup: These Are Tough Games

Swansea City manager, Michael Laudrup has been speaking ahead of his side's visit to Norwich this weekend about the ups and downs of the Premeier League and that every match day springs surprises.

The Dane is only too aware that this will be a tough game and that City can go above his side, should they win a third consecutive home game.

"There are so many Premier League games in a short period of time that you can move up or down and you know that in this league you have surprises every match day," he said. "You see Newcastle win at Manchester United, you see Norwich who, maybe three games ago, were struggling and now two wins in three and they are up there on 17 points. At the same time other teams will drop, West Brom lose consecutive home games for example, and it goes so quick, up and down.

"When you have possibilities and confidence you have to take advantage. This week is a huge week for me with two league games and getting to the knock-out stage in the Europa League. You have to fight for it because we know these are tough games. Now we can concentrate on the Premier League and then in the first week of January the FA Cup comes around again. We can now park the Europa League for two months, but until January 1 we have five league games. That is 15 points, a lot of points."

Despite losing to St Gallen in Switzerland on Thursday night, Laudrup has steered Swansea into the last 32 of the Europa League, something that he considers a big achievement.

"At the end the most important thing is that we are through," he said. "How much of an achievement is it for this club? It`s not me that you need to ask, but I hope it is huge for Swansea. We don`t know when Swansea will be in Europe again, and I think sometimes we don`t appreciate these things sufficiently when they are happening. I think the same with the cup last year maybe in three or four years, people will think back and be happy about what we have done.

"The only thing I can compare it to is my time at Getafe. It was nice at the time getting to the quarter-final, beating Benfica and playing Bayern Munich, but now four or five years later I think they really appreciate it. Now we are through to the knockout stage. We can see what happens with the draw on Monday and look forward to the next round."


Quotes courtesy of EDP

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Date:Saturday December 14 2013

Time: 3:00PM


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