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Swansea boss Michael Laudrup: 'Focus on the team, like Fernando Torres has learnt to do'

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: October 17, 2012


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MICHAEL Laudrup has pointed to the example of Fernando Torres in his response to speculation about unrest at Swansea City.

Laudrup is calling for a united front when Swansea host Wigan Athletic in what looks a key Premier League encounter this weekend.

And the Dane reckons his players can take a leaf out of Torres's book amid suggestions that some within the camp are unhappy with his methods.

Two reports in the national media last week claimed senior players at the Liberty had complained to chairman Huw Jenkins about Laudrup's approach.

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In his first interview since the stories emerged, Swansea's manager has argued that every club will have their share of disgruntled stars.

And Laudrup has told his players that the focus must be on the team rather than the individual ahead of Wigan's visit to Wales.

"I read when I was taking my coffee this morning an interview with Fernando Torres," Laudrup told the Evening Post.

"It was in the Spanish paper, El Pais, and the headline was 'I reached a point where I didn't care if we won or lost'.

"He talked about when he was a young player in Spain and he saw players who were not playing and they didn't care about the results of the team.

"He said he would never be like that.

"But then he said that one day, I think when he was at Chelsea, he did get to that point.

"Then he said — I don't want to do that, I want to be part of the team.

"To me that is very important."

Laudrup tells the tale of Torres, Chelsea's £50 million Spanish international forward, at a time when some of his players may be a little disillusioned.

Whatever their source, the newspaper stories have left Laudrup disappointed.

They have come after a run of four Premier League games without a victory. As Swansea bid to end that sequence on Saturday, Laudrup wants all concerned in SA1 to focus on the team's success rather than any individual issues which may exist.

"Players who are not playing are never happy," he added.

"If you have 24 players in your squad, you have more who are unhappy every Saturday than are happy, because 11 are playing and 13 are not.

"If you are not in the 11, you are not happy.

"If you are not even in the 18, you are definitely not happy. That's something we have to accept in football, but we all have to remember to be a squad.

"If we are not a squad, it does not work.

"That's the most important thing to come out of this (the newspaper stories), not that someone isn't happy."

Laudrup admits to feeling confused about the nature of the reports suggesting there is disgruntlement within the Swansea squad.

"I have my experience in world football," he said, "and I would say it's curious how a story develops the way the media is today.

"It starts at one level, then four or five hours later it becomes a different story.

"You could start a story, then I put something on top and then another person puts a little more on it.

"Then it goes from one country to another country and another. That's strange.

"We have to analyse this like we do after games.

"Just like after a defeat, we have to learn from it and move on.

"We can look at what's in the papers or in the media, but then we say the most important thing for us right now is the team."

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  • HaroldMonk  |  October 18 2012, 9:13PM

    As long as Ashley Williams doesnt pass the ball back to Vorm we'll be fine!!!

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  • PaulStuart  |  October 18 2012, 5:24PM

    ML, You clearly have the backing of all true Swans fans, myself included.We wish you all the very best. I'm not sure who the disgruntled senior players might be, but they should hang their heads in shame and move on if they feel that badly treated. Poor souls. Tough life isn't it? Meanwhile three points on Saturday before some really hard games would be tidy. Time AW had a rest. He looks as if he needs it.

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  • Hadoken2643  |  October 18 2012, 5:18PM

    I am with Laudrup, as I have said before, we are actually doing ok, we need to plug the hole to stop us leaking goals. We are 11th in the league at the moment. All we need to do is take 8 pts every 8 games and we will stay up, we are currently on target for achieving this and this is before the team has fully gelled. If we were bottom with two points I could understand the concern, someone is trying to cause trouble, lets show ML we are behind him, and he should not allow a tiny minority to tarnish the rest of us or make him suspect of everyone. He is a foreigner, and it will be easy for him to feel he is an outsider.

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  • KP287  |  October 18 2012, 3:32PM

    I would rather keep Michael Laudrup and change the whole team, PL players seem to always have ideas above their station and as stated move on for more money. There is not one player in our squad who would get into Juventus, Real Madrid or Barcelona, let alone all three and be voted one of the best players of all time. They need to realise how fortunate they are to be able to work with and learn from a master. So alledgedly they are being trained harder than Brenda trained them and some senior players aren`t playing, I feel sorry for them it must be tough not being good enough but being paid very well.

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  • chelsea1955  |  October 17 2012, 11:14PM

    bring back Kenny Jack****

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  • dragonphill  |  October 17 2012, 2:19PM

    The old guard need to hang up their boots, they've had a good innings, but we as a club have moved to a higher level, and if these player want to stick around the squad, then they should simply support the team effort, even if their not getting a game. I have no time for players petulance, and I hope that Laudrup is firm with it, they need to shut up, they've had their day in the sun. Is Ashley Williams over weight? hope he's being professional regarding his personal fitness as a pro, seems to me he's a bit of a slugger bug these days on the pitch!

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  • morton1947  |  October 17 2012, 12:36PM

    Anyone chosen to play for the Swans should perform 110% and die for the shirt and once Michael Laudrup has chosen his squad it is up to them on the day to prove that he was right with his choice as a good performance will hopefully lead to a regular spot in the team. It's about time that the these so called "senior players woke up and smelled the coffee" and realised just how far this club has come and where they want to stay which is with the elite of the teams in the Premiership. They should also rember that the wages that are earning are huge compared to the poor punter who has to save for their season year after year and for that reason as well they should give their all. Hopefully we will see a Swans team on fir on Satruday and come away withthree well deserved points.

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  • Lynbaz  |  October 17 2012, 10:18AM

    We need Michael Laudrup more than any player who throws his toys out of the pram because he isn't being picked etc. Players come and go and will leave us at the drop of a hat if they are offered a tenner a week more elsewhere. Michael Laudrup might leave us in the future to go to a bigger club but right now he CHOSE us as a club to manage and WANTS to be here. That should mean everything to us. I have the utmost respect for him both as a man and an astute manager and that is the view of everyone I have spoken to. Laudrup will have the club's interests at heart. The players are only concerned about their own welfare. I know who I'm backing.

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  • kellers27  |  October 17 2012, 8:43AM

    Be very careful Evening post with what you report don't get Laudrup angry and give up on us we need him right now, or would you rather the rath of the jack army, make sure you get your stories correct. careful where you tread.

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