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Cardiff will be one of the relegation favourites, says Swansea City's Michael Laudrup

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 19, 2013

Cardiff will be one of the relegation favourites, says Swansea City's Michael Laudrup
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MICHAEL Laudrup reckons Cardiff City will be one of the favourites for relegation next season — but admits Swansea City might be too.

Laudrup believes Cardiff will be driven by a desire to match the feats of Swansea next term following their promotion to the Premier League.

But the Swansea manager says it is too early to start thinking about the first ever top-flight Welsh derbies — because there are still six games of this season left. "Cardiff will be the newcomers next season, and three clubs coming up to the top division will always be the favourites to go down," Laudrup said.

"That is the same in Denmark, Italy or Spain — the teams who come up are written off, because the stats show that nearly always one goes and sometimes two.

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"You just have to accept that for a couple of years at least, and maybe we will be one of the favourites to go down again in August because we have not been in the Premier League for long.

"I hope we are not one of the favourites, but you have to earn that right and that can take quite a few years. We will have to see what the experts say."

Two derby games will help decide both Swansea and Cardiff's fate next season, when Malky Mackay's team will hope to emulate the success of their nearest rivals.

"Of course they will want to match us — when you see the neighbour doing well, you always to do even better," Laudrup added.

"That competition is a good thing, but I'm not thinking about whether we will finish above Cardiff next season.

"We have still got six games this season starting against Southampton, so we have a lot of work to do before we think about next season's games.

"I know for the fans the derbies will be two very interesting games, but we want to keep our eyes on this season."

Cardiff owner Vincent Tan has pledged to invest £25 million in Mackay's squad following promotion. The Malaysian said: "We'd like to follow the Swansea model by signing players like Michu for £2 million.

"We could go and buy 12 of them.

"If you get a dozen Michus, you wouldn't do too badly."

Laudrup responded to that idea with a smile.

"Maybe from a tactical aspect that would not be so good," the Dane said.

"Maybe that team would be a little too offensive."

Gareth Vincent

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  • pomphrey2005  |  April 21 2013, 11:10AM

    they will need to spend more than25 mllion to survive cos they are starting from a far poorer position than we did .i.e.their base squad is nowhere near as good as ours was when we went up.

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  • brochadav  |  April 20 2013, 12:40PM

    12 Michu's.........does Malky have the contacts? Does Malky have the pull that Laudrup does? Cardiff may well offer more money but I think in a straight head to head (and given both our recent histories) even if us and Cardiff both went after the same player, we would get him. Europa football will be the tipping point, if not Laudrup. Not that we will want the same players. Our style is far different to Cardiff's and that won't change over the summer. We may be one of the favourites to go down, but there will be at least 4 if not 5 teams who are better odds than us.

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