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Laudrup proud of Swans' achievements

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 27, 2012


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MICHAEL Laudrup has spelled out his pride in Swansea City's achievements so far this season as the club wait for news of Michu's fitness.

Swansea reached the halfway point in Laudrup's debut Premier League campaign yesterday with a low-key goalless draw at Reading.

The point took Swansea to 25 for the season, an impressive haul after another turbulent summer at the Liberty Stadium.

They will look to add to the tally at Fulham on Saturday — but may well have to do it without Michu.

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Swansea's 14-goal leading scorer hobbled off with an ankle injury late on yesterday after an off-the-ball collision with Reading's Mikele Leigertwood and he left the ground in a protective boot.

"Michu's ankle is twice as big as it should be," Laudrup revealed, "but the doctors and physios say that it shouldn't be ligament damage.

"We will have to wait for at least 24 hours to see if he can play on Saturday, but obviously we have to make sure he is 100 per cent because we have so many games coming up in the next few weeks.

"The main thing is that the ligaments are intact. Of course we will miss him if he does not play because he is one of the top scorers in the league, but you have to be able to cope with losing any player."

Laudrup felt his side deserved more than just a draw after they dominated possession for long spells at the Madejski against a Reading side who had lost seven games in a row before this stalemate.

But he paid tribute to his players' focus after all the hullabaloo that came with their draw with Manchester United last Sunday.

And Laudrup hailed the achievements of Swansea's season so far, saying: "The numbers — they are there.

"We have 25 points and a plus-four goal difference, that's more than I thought we would have at this stage seeing as we have played most of the games with four, five or six new outfield players.

"These players have to adapt, so it's great to have 25 points. That's five more than at this stage last season and if we double it in the second half of the season, we will have 50.

"We will not necessarily reach 50, but I think the most important thing now is that we reach the magic number over here, which is 40.

"When we do that we can see how many games we have left and what we can aim for. We can be very pleased with what we have done in the league so far, and then we have the cup semi-final to come as well."

Laudrup also saluted Ashley Williams after the Robin van Persie furore — and revealed that he discussed the incident with Manchester United's manager.

"I talked to Sir Alex Ferguson after the game," he said. "We had a couple of glasses of wine and he was okay."

Laudrup, meantime, has spoken for the first time on speculation that Swansea could make an unlikely January move for Barcelona striker David Villa.

"There have been a lot of rumours, but the only Villa coming to Swansea is Aston Villa," he joked.

"He is a fantastic player, but unfortunately I don't think he will be coming to Swansea. I think he will stay at Barcelona."

Gareth Vincent

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  • nice_nails  |  December 28 2012, 1:00PM

    Fergie and his crazy comments, the start of dementia I think, I found it pitiful that a man with such success is now behaving like he has done of late, And no punishment from the FA for his behavior during the Newcastle match, the Premier league can only be a better place without characters like him.

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  • kulusuk  |  December 28 2012, 11:11AM

    A big applause on Swanseaola's comments.

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  • Pottedrengen  |  December 27 2012, 11:40PM

    I think Michael Laudrup has proved over time, both as a player and now as manager, that he knoews everything about mind games and he also knows how to work the press. From the statements that have come from the post.match I gather that while the game was unresolved with a point each, laudrup clearly won over Ferguson, being the more calm and diplomatic.

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  • abertawejack  |  December 27 2012, 5:14PM

    Umm Over them there glasses of wine's you pair slurped Michael, I bet you chuckled over Alex's version as to what he implied, regarding Van Persie's encounter to the media, as to take the flak off united's lack of commitment yes. lol Try not to get too friendly with him, we jacks don't want you as his future replacement, well not just yet anyway. Alex has stated quite rightly, he wants to win the Premier League this year, prior to retiring, that's why his players are going all out for him. We've reached the halfway mark with something, but remember! we have a very hard tail en to this league, so better the points now rather than then. C'monnn u Swanssssssssssssssssssssssss ..............................................YEEHAA.........................................................

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  • swanseaola  |  December 27 2012, 3:35PM

    The Jack Army are glad you are here with us, leading us and conducting yourself in a dignified manner. The breadth of your footballing knowledge together with your leadership makes you a honorary JACK for life.

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