Michael Laudrup - Norwich City’s Premier League form deserves respect

Swansea chief Michael Laudrup has been impressed by Norwich City's recent Premier League upturn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Swansea chief Michael Laudrup has been impressed by Norwich City's recent Premier League upturn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, December 14, 2013
6:22 AM

Swansea chief Michael Laudrup is looking to Norwich for fresh inspiration ahead of this weekend’s latest Premier League assignment at Carrow Road.

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The Dane believes the way Chris Hughton’s side have turned their fortunes around in recent weeks serves to illustrate the concertinaed nature of the top flight, with Norwich capable of moving above the visitors in the standings if they secure a third consecutive home league win. The Canaries’ away victory at West Brom also impressed Laudrup, and the Swans’ chief is looking a similar uplift.

“There are so many Premier League games in a short period of time that you can move up or down and you know that in this league you have surprises every match day,” he said. “You see Newcastle win at Manchester United, you see Norwich who, maybe three games ago, were struggling and now two wins in three and they are up there on 17 points. At the same time other teams will drop, West Brom lose consecutive home games for example, and it goes so quick, up and down.

“When you have possibilities and confidence you have to take advantage. This week is a huge week for me with two league games and getting to the knock-out stage in the Europa League. You have to fight for it because we know these are tough games. Now we can concentrate on the Premier League and then in the first week of January the FA Cup comes around again. We can now park the Europa League for two months, but until January 1 we have five league games. That is 15 points, a lot of points.”

Laudrup created another piece of history by guiding his League Cup winners into the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday despite a 1-0 loss to Swiss side St Gallen.

“At the end the most important thing is that we are through,” he said. “How much of an achievement is it for this club? It’s not me that you need to ask, but I hope it is huge for Swansea. We don’t know when Swansea will be in Europe again, and I think sometimes we don’t appreciate these things sufficiently when they are happening. I think the same with the cup last year — maybe in three or four years, people will think back and be happy about what we have done.

“The only thing I can compare it to is my time at Getafe. It was nice at the time getting to the quarter-final, beating Benfica and playing Bayern Munich, but now four or five years later I think they really appreciate it. Now we are through to the knockout stage. We can see what happens with the draw on Monday and look forward to the next round.”

7 comments

  • Will we see Hooper and Wolfswinkel together for the first time? A city win tmrw, and a few draws for the teams around us, and City could be up to 10th or 11th by tmrw night. Keep the faith... OTBC

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • A hidden benefit of RVW's injury absence is that Gary Hooper has played several games and is now match fit, sharp and scoring. If we can get RVW fit and alongside Gary then maybe we will have a strike force to be feared. Just need some suitable tactics applied so that these guys are given the ammunition. Some of the negative stuff here recently about RVW is pretty disappointing - the last thing he would have wanted was a long term injury as he started his Premier League career and with the World Cup next year but he still has more than half the season to show we he can do.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Whoops. Spelling mistakes and facts wrong. They lost 2-0 to St Gallen not 1-0 but I'll take 1-0 tomorrow - to us of course!

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    zebbee

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Well said NCFC boy - I'm surprised there's been no comments about his shirt or shoe laces

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Stop bigging up the opposition Laudrup. The lower iq fans will kick off.

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    ncfc boy

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Yes!!! bigging up the opposition people are very quiet today. Take note KA agree with you totally. OTBC

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    sharky

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • Well said NCFC boy - I'm surprised there's been no comments about his shirt or shoe laces

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    Croydonary

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

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