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Laudrup: We Need A Plan B & Plan C

Laudrup: We Need A Plan B & Plan C

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says his side will need the surprise factor again next season to avoid becoming predictable.

The Swans were the surprise, unknown promoted team in the top flight under former boss Brendan Rodgers last year. But after such an impressive opening season in the Premiership and the exposure we got, opposition teams will know our style and how we like to play a possession game, play out from the back and using the wingers' pace to attack.

Swans fans often spoke and discussed about the need for a plan b - an alternative approach to surprise teams as some sides began to work us out - particular the likes of Norwich City, Newcastle United and Everton at home.

Brendan Rodgers however wrote off the need for a plan b, saying that he'd never sacrifice his attractive passing style for a more temporary direct route when needed.

Michael Laudrup has a different opinion on the matter, and the Dane believes his Swansea City team will need a plan b, and even a plan c to continue to surprise their opposition. In 2012/13.

"Everyone knows the philosophy at Swansea — we want to keep possession — and that is one thing,"

"But we have to realise that this year Swansea are not the new, up-and-coming team.

"Now everybody knows Swansea, so we need alternatives in some games both at home and away."


Laudrup also says that he's not 'starting from scratch' as the philosophy he believes in is already in place, and has been since Roberto Martinez was appointed as manager five years ago.

"We are not starting from scratch,"

"The philosophy is here — this team has played possession football. They are used to that and that`s a good thing.

"As we get into the pre-season games we are talking more about the tactical things we can do — some the players already know from last season and some new ones.

"Maybe there are some things we can add, some alternatives we can use when we play games, and then all of a sudden our opponents will say, 'How do we play against Swansea?`.

"We need a plan B and also a plan C sometimes.

"We will use our time in pre-season to talk about those special situations."


This is exactly what a lot of fans wanted to see from their team last year - a bit more versatility and the ability to change their approach in certain games to surprise the other sides and to keep the, guessing. Hopefully Laudrup can work with his players and bring in and implement a different tactical approach to their play when needed.



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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Tuesday July 31 2012
Time: 9:32PM

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