Vital Football

Latest Swansea City News

Laudrup: Reading Game Is So Important

Laudrup: Reading Game Is So Important

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup talks about his side's most important game of the season so far, as they look to end a 3-match losing run at home against Premier League new-boys Reading.

The Swans have already handed out first wins to their previous two opponents - Aston Villa and Stoke City, and Reading are also looking for their victory when they visit the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

Laudrup sees Reading as a direct rival to his Swansea side, no doubt because he expects both to be struggling towards the bottom end of the table. Is this lack of ambition and optimism from the manager, or is he being brutally honest and realistic?

Laudrup told the Evening Post that every game is important, but some are more important than others, including Saturday's against the Royals:

'The next game is always important, but this time that really is the case,'

'In my experience as a player and as a manager, there are moments in a season where you can't just say that this game is important, because you say that always.

'I think there are three or four games during a season which are important than normal important games, and I think the first one for us is on Saturday.'

'The reasons why this game is so important are obvious,'

'We have lost three league games in a row and we have the international break to come after this one.

'We are also playing against a direct rival for us, so I can't really say too many times how important the game is for us.

'It's one of the three or four you have in every season where you say 'Guys, it's this one we need to win because it will give us so much'.'


Laudrup also talks about his team's start to the season, an unbeaten opening 3 games before 3 defeats on the bounce.

'You can see it from two points of view,'

'If you say we have seven points and you look at what some of the other teams have got then that's very good.

'I know Sunderland have a game in hand, but we can say for sure that we have at least eight teams below us.

'And if maybe the seven points had come in another way — with maybe one win, four draws and one defeat — it could be better.

'But because it's been like it has, it's a little disappointing for all of us to have lost three games in a row.

'We want to come back from that. I know we won in the cup last week, but we want to win in the league again.'


Laudrup will be looking for his side to do something that they've failed to do in the last three, apart from winning obviously, it's to 'take the game' to the opposition, he added:

'We played Everton, who are a very good team and really knew how to close us down,'

'At Stoke we were not too bad, but we were not too good either.

'We were punished by the things we expected from Stoke. You know when you play Stoke they will get the ball into the box.

'We tried to defend outside the box, but when they get set-pieces you cannot do that.

'The next game is a different opponent, but Reading are another strong team.

'What we have to do, as I always say when we play at home, is take the initiative.

''We have to take the game to them.'


Laudrup hopes to see his side increase the gap from the bottom three teams this weekend:

'I know Reading have a game in hand, but if we beat them on Saturday we will be eight points clear of them,'

'And if we win this game we could maybe go six or seven points clear of the relegation places.

'That gives you confidence. It does not mean you can relax, but it makes you feel a little more comfortable during the break and then we can focus again for another big game (against Wigan Athletic).'






Exclusive to Vital ! Read now ! The Vital Boxing John H Stacey Interview



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Wednesday October 3 2012
Time: 8:36PM

Comments

0
I have a feeling with Laudrup that he sees the Swans as a team fighting against relegation. This will not inspire confidence in the squad or the supporters. To be a realist is fine but football players respond to confidence from the manager. Also Laudrup wants to get his tactics right, a sound defensive platform is vital to a team. He needs a strong base in midfield with at least two ball winners who can then drive the team forward. De Guzman must partner Britton again, they seem our best pairing in the centre and Michu if he plays must do more when we are defending. Ki needs to be on the bench, he doesn't work hard enough in my opinion. Routledge must also play with Dyer, with Tiendalli coming in for young Ben Davies who needs a rest. A harder work rate is necessary to start winning matches again.
Phil W
04/10/2012 10:47:00
0
I have a feeling with Laudrup that he sees the Swans as a team fighting against relegation. This will not inspire confidence in the squad or the supporters. To be a realist is fine but football players respond to confidence from the manager. Also Laudrup wants to get his tactics right, a sound defensive platform is vital to a team. He needs a strong base in midfield with at least two ball winners who can then drive the team forward. De Guzman must partner Britton again, they seem our best pairing in the centre and Michu if he plays must do more when we are defending. Ki needs to be on the bench, he doesn't work hard enough in my opinion. Routledge must also play with Dyer, with Tiendalli coming in for young Ben Davies who needs a rest. A harder work rate is necessary to start winning matches again.
Phil W
04/10/2012 10:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Swansea City Articles

Rate The Players: Swansea City 3-0 Sunderland

Rate the players' performances in the 3-0 home win against Sunderland

Swans Bounce Back With 3-0 Win vs Sunderland

Swansea City bounced back from last weekend`s woeful 5-0 thumping defeat at Spurs in a perfect style at the Liberty Stadium today - beating fellow relegation rivals Sunderland 3-0 with goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente.

Yet again, the discussions prior to kick off and approaching 2pm when the teams were announced were whether or not Bob Bradley would name a striker in his side. Discussions that us fans shouldn`t be having prior to a crucial home game, but thankfully the Am

Stats: Swansea City v Sunderland

All the stats from Swansea City (3) vs (0) Sunderland, Liberty Stadium, 10th December 2016 Att: 20,453

Team Line-Ups & Updates: Swansea City vs Sunderland

Team line-ups and updates as Swansea City host Sunderland in a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash at the Liberty Stadium

Archived Vital Swansea City Articles

Vital Swansea City articles from

Site Journalists

VitalSwansea
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Vote for your man of the match vs Sunderland
Suggested By:
Fabianski1%
Rangel7%
Mawson7%
Amat0%
Taylor0%
Britton50%
Fulton21%
Routledge0%
Barrow0%
Sigurdsson7%
Llorente7%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Arsenal 15 10 4 1 34 21
2 Chelsea 14 11 1 2 34 21
3 Liverpool 14 9 3 2 30 17
4 Man City 15 9 3 3 30 13
5 Spurs 14 7 6 1 27 14
6 Man Utd 14 5 6 3 21 3
7 Watford 15 6 3 6 21 -5
8 WBA 14 5 5 4 20 3
9 Everton 15 5 5 5 20 0
10 Stoke 15 5 4 6 19 -5
11 AFC Bournemouth 15 5 3 7 18 -4
12 Southampton 14 4 5 5 17 -2
13 Burnley 15 5 2 8 17 -10
14 Leicester City 15 4 4 7 16 -5
15 Crystal Palace 15 4 3 8 15 -2
16 Middlesbrough 14 3 6 5 15 -2
17 Swansea 15 3 3 9 12 -12
18 West Ham 14 3 3 8 12 -14
19 Hull City 15 3 3 9 12 -18
20 Sunderland 15 3 2 10 11 -13
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Swansea City Results (view all)

Swansea City Fixtures (view all)

Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : West Bromwich Albion (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : West Ham United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : AFC Bournemouth (H)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 3 2017 8:00PM : Crystal Palace (a)
Barclays Premier League
Jan 14 2017 3:00PM : Arsenal (H)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Phil W6
2.Dennis Downing4
3.BrianMannebach3
4.KevinE1
5.Topref1
6.forest fan1
7.Budda2000.51
Vital Football Comment