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Michael Laudrup: Swansea City will only get better

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

Michael Laudrup

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MICHAEL Laudrup is promising his Swansea City side are only going to get better this season ahead of tomorrow's tricky trip to Newcastle United.

Laudrup is mulling over a host of big selection calls for the St James' Park clash.

But whatever happens on Tyneside this weekend, the Swansea manager is convinced that good times await for his team as his maiden Premier League campaign unfolds.

"It's too early to talk about positions in the table — I think we can only really do that with eight or ten games of the season to go," Laudrup said.

"But I am really satisfied with the team and the way we have played so far.

"When you look at it, in most of the games we have played, at least 50 per cent of the outfield players have been new players.

"We have had Chico Flores, Jonathan de Guzman, Ki Sung-Yueng, Pablo Hernandez, Michu and Ben Davies. That's six, and it's not easy when you are playing with so many new players.

"Not only that, but a lot of them are getting used to a new football culture and a new country, not just a new team.

"And because of that, I think we will do better in the second half of the season than the first.

"I am looking to get a good number of points in the first half of the season, and in the second I am sure we will do better because the players will know each other better."

Laudrup refused to divulge what "a good number of points" would be, but it is safe to assume that he is well pleased with 13 from his first 11 Premier League games.

If Swansea can keep up that ratio,

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  • brochadav  |  November 17 2012, 11:30AM

    I think we only need 2 new players, one of them being the striker that will put away the chances we usually create. Findng that striker is the hard part!! We have to have confidence in the manager and the team though, they've showed enough so far to give us that belief. Hadoken, we will nearly always concede due to the way we play. Clean sheets are nice but scoring (taking more of our chances) is even more important. Clean sheets won't help us if we don't score. I think we are good enough to stay up.

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  • abertawejack  |  November 16 2012, 10:36PM

    mm 10 points out of 27 could be enough for the halfway stage: by then we have further buying powers to assist us should we wish, though anything over 10 points would be gratefully received, we have a very well balanced side of which I'm quite in awe of, especially when I think their looking a bit tired at times but then, they do the business. I'm quite in awe to them. C'MON U SWANSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS Yeehaa

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  • Hadoken767676  |  November 16 2012, 5:29PM

    Lets have a look, we are on 13, we need at least 20 by january for the halfway stage and these are the rest of the games we have to play before the second half of the season... Newcastle Tough Liverpool Tough West Brom Tough Arsenal Tough Norwich Less Tough Tottenham Tough Man Utd Really Tough Reading Less Tough Fulham Toughish Its gonna be tight IMO. We must stop conceeding first half goals, we make games far more difficult than they need to be. We should stick with the current squad, not change it too much so we can gel and get out fluidity levels as high as possible. Also, stop conceeding first half goals as we have the worse record for that in the league at the moment...

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  November 16 2012, 3:29PM

    If the Swans can maintain the points to games ratio they will have around 45 points, enough to remain in the league and move on next year.

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  • morton1947  |  November 16 2012, 3:15PM

    I believe under Laudrup's guidance we are already looking more the finished article with competition in most places although we definitely need a top quality striker who will put some more invaluable points on the table for us as we have still been guilty of lacking finishing in the final third. Feeling very positive though on the season so far and I for one feel certain that we will remain a competitive force in the Premiership if we can carry on the good foundations that have so far been laid.

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  • kulusuk  |  November 16 2012, 12:56PM

    They look like REAL MADRID and plays like BARCELONA, what can go wrong. And when you see the picture of ML, he looks like he was the one who should be wearing the CAPTAIN armband. WHAT A GREAT TEAM. And the reason why it is such a great team, THE JACK ARMY.

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  • Lynbaz  |  November 16 2012, 11:50AM

    Yet again, an unfinished article. Is this deliberate? If not, perhaps the EP should be having a word with their IT staff. As for the article, as usual Michael Laudrup speaks a lot of sense. This is very much a transitional team; new players getting used to each other with some attendant language difficulties, many are having to adapt to a completely different league and the entire team is still getting to grips with a new playing system. It is essential that we keep picking up sufficient points to stay out of the relegation dog fight and the added pressure which that brings. Do that and, as our manager states, I can only see this team getting better and better in the second half of the season as their understanding develops.

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