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Same Again For Swansea City?

Same Again For Swansea City?

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup could name an unchanged side at Manchester City with no fresh injury concerns following last Saturday's 2-1 home win against Wigan Athletic.

Laudrup is likely to go with playing attacking midfielder Michu up top again ahead of striker Danny Graham, while winger Wayne Routledge is pushing for a start despite Hernandez's first goal for the club last weekend.

Laudrup talked to Wales Online about formations, and insists their formation depends on whether they have the ball or not. Their usual 4-3-3 system soon becomes 4-5-1 when they're not attacking.

"It`s not that I don`t think strikers,"

"I like strikers, but sometimes when people ask what system do you play and you say '4-3-3` they say 'oh you are offensive, that`s good.`

"If you say '4-5-1` then people think you are defensive. But it is exactly the same system, it is just the two wide players dropping 10 yards off.

"If you look at the three up front in a 4-3-3, you can have three forwards, one forward and two wide players, or one striker and two midfield players. So it`s one system with three different variations.

"You have to look more at the individual quality of the players instead of just saying 'I`m a 4-4-2 guy or a 4-3-3` because no-one will say they are a 4-5-1 type of manager or even worse a 4-6-0 manager because they will be booed.

"But Spain have played 4-6-0 and won.

"When we start the game and you see how we are lined up it`s easy. but players move.

"It`s much easier on paper or on my chalkboard. but we are talking about people in a game.

"When we talk about systems it is much more about the characteristics of the player."


Laudrup also spoke about the difficulty for the opposition to defend against teams who play with no strikers, as extra midfielders arriving into the box are hard to pick up - which Manchester City found difficult in midweek against Ajax. He added:

"It`s always very difficult to mark someone who is arriving and not already there.

"When you look at Man City and the first two goals they conceded against Ajax, the first goal was fantastic.

"But when it went to the right there was no-one in the box and at the last moment they had three coming in.

"The second goal from the corner, when you think Man City have Richards, Lescott, and all these big players... but the guy who scored arrived late and it is very, very difficult to mark a player like that.

"If it`s from a standing jump it is the guy who is biggest who usually wins the ball, but if you are arriving and running and jumping you can get higher.

"That`s how Ajax scored two goals and that`s what we want."






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Writer:VitalSwansea
Date:Saturday October 27 2012
Time: 11:17AM

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