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Don't get carried away yet, Jensen tells Swansea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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JOHN Jensen, Michael Laudrup's former right-hand man, has told Swansea City to stop dreaming about Europe.

Expectation levels are soaring at the Liberty after a run of six Premier League games without defeat lifted Michael Laudrup's side to seventh in the table.

Swansea are only three points behind West Brom, the team currently in a Europa League place, and Ki Sung-Yueng suggested this week that they are good enough to secure a campaign on the Continent.

But Jensen, who was assistant to Laudrup when Getafe reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup five seasons ago, reckons there's no chance of that happening.

"Michael's done a very good job at Swansea," said the ex-Arsenal and Denmark midfielder.

"But it's very important that people keep their feet on the ground. Europe is not a realistic possibility.

"Listen, just because they are around there at the moment doesn't mean that people need to start thinking about Europe.

"I think it's very important for Michael and the players to stay in the middle of the table.

"They'll be quite happy with where they are so far and then they can see in the new year what is going on."

Jensen, who scored the goal that won Euro 92 for the Danes, was back at his former club last Saturday to see exactly the form Swansea are in.

Michu struck twice late in the game to secure an historic win against the Gunners.

"The first half was absolutely fantastic from Swansea," said Jensen.

"They passed the ball around, they kept possession, they created two or three great chances and Arsenal weren't what you think they would be like.

"Arsenal stepped up a gear and controlled the second half, but still Swansea looked very dangerous on the counter-attack and created chances.

"In the end Arsenal made some mistakes which were costly. But if you look over the 90 minutes Swansea deserved the victory."

Jensen began his playing career in his native Denmark with Brondby before moving to Hamburg and then joining Arsenal.

He returned to Brondby in 1996, where he is now a consultant, and had a four-year spell there as Laudrup's No. 2 between 2002 and 2006.

Jensen also spent a nine-month stint working under Steve Kean at Blackburn which ended early last season.

"Michael has had his own stamp on this Swansea team for a long time now," said the 47-year-old.

"After Brendan Rodgers left he came in with the same philosophy. He might even have created a bit more.

"Swansea are now creating more big chances compared to last season.

"It's always difficult for a club in the second season at Premier League level, but Swansea have been absolutely outstanding.

"They had a spell where they did not get the results. But overall if you see all the performances and the way they have played then I think they deserve to be in seventh place at the moment."

He added: "I think they have moved on to another level from last year.

"They continue to play good football, but the players Michael has brought in are creating bigger chances and the opportunity to score more goals. That's very important."

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