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Laudrup ready for derby dates

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup knows the arrival of Cardiff will add a derby of 'history and tradition' to the Premier League.

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Michael Laudrup: Swansea manager looking forward to derby dates with Cardiff

Michael Laudrup: Swansea manager looking forward to derby dates with Cardiff

Cardiff secured promotion to England's top-flight on Tuesday night and now have two meetings with their bitter Wales rivals to look forward to next season.

Laudrup has welcomed the elevation of their local foes and believes the meeting will match the intensity of showdowns between Manchester United and Liverpool or Lazio and Roma.

The Swans boss said: "I know the Swansea and Cardiff derby is something everyone is looking forward to.

"I also played in the Real Madrid and Barcelona games, but that is a different type. There are 400 miles between the clubs.

"It's like Liverpool and Manchester United here, where those games are more about the history and tradition.

"If you look at the same area like Cardiff and Swansea then I think it is more like Lazio and Roma.

"To have the first South Wales derby in the Premier League will be a nice occasion. It should be seen like that as well.

"A small country to suddenly have two teams among the 20 clubs in the Premier League is nice."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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