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Harry Redknapp: Swans even better this year

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 09, 2013

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HARRY Redknapp believes Swansea City have taken giant strides under Michael Laudrup.

Redknapp was one of Swansea's biggest fans last season, hailing their style of football after they returned to the top flight for the first time in 30 years.

Last term Redknapp was in charge at Tottenham, with Brendan Rodgers in the hot seat at the Liberty Stadium.

Since then there have been changes. Redknapp is now manager at QPR — who Swansea face today — with Laudrup in the Liberty dugout.

But what hasn't altered is Redknapp's admiration of Swansea.

"They have done fantastically," Redknapp said of the Capital One Cup finalists.

"They play great football — they were excellent last year and have been playing like that for a few years.

"This year they have been absolutely top class again. I think they've even taken it on to another level."

QPR arrive at the Liberty in desperate need of points of they are to win their battle against relegation.

But striker Loic Remy will not play unless Redknapp is convinced his big-money signing is fully fit.

Rangers missed the former Marseille forward's firepower last week as they were held to a goalless draw by Norwich at Loftus Road.

Remy suffered a groin injury in the build-up to the game. It was initially feared he could be out for two months, though he only suffered a strain.

"I am not sure about Loic Remy," said Redknapp. "It is sort of touch and go.

"The doctor said all along he felt it was only a minor injury there so he has got a chance, but if he is not sure he is okay I wouldn't take a chance.

"With injuries like that, you can go and lose somebody for five and six weeks if they tear it, so unless he feels very confident about it I wouldn't risk him."

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