The Liberty Stadium

Next Game

Swansea v A Villa

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 0 - 1 Swansea

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Laudrup hails Swans' start

Michael Laudrup praises his Swansea side for a positive first-half of the season, and calls for more of the same in the new year.

Last Updated: 27/12/12 at 15:40 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Commended his Swansea team after a stunning start

Michael Laudrup: Commended his Swansea team after a stunning start

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

With 25 points and a positive goal difference, Laudrup's men are placed ninth in the table, and ahead of where their manager thought they would be 19 games into his first season in charge.

Despite leaving the Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day with only a point from a goalless draw with Reading, Swansea are five points better off than they were this time last season.

"Halfway through the season is a moment to stop and think about what we have achieved. The numbers are there," Laudrup said.

"We have 25 points. We have a plus four goal difference and we have one of the top scorers in the league (in Michu).

"I think we can be very pleased. Twenty-five points is more than I thought we would have at this stage, given half the starting XI have been new players to the club who have had to adapt.

"It is great to have 25 points halfway through the league and we are also in a semi-final for the first time in some years and that is fantastic as well."

With Swansea launching the second half of their league campaign against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday, Laudrup has reset the goals for his side.

Swansea have four games in the first 12 days of January, including Arsenal in the FA Cup and the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final.

Laudrup said: "We have so many games between now and the beginning of February, we don't have time to stop and think how well we have done.

"If you double our current points tally, that is 50. We will not necessarily reach that but the important thing for us first is to reach the magic number of 40 points the sooner the better.

"When we reach 40, then we will be able to see how many games are left and set our target for the rest of the season."

Laudrup dismissed speculation linking Swansea with a move for the Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa.

"There have been a lot of rumours, but the only Villa coming to Swansea is Aston Villa," Laudrup said.

"He is a fantastic player, but unfortunately I don't think he will be coming to Swansea. I have not spoken to anyone but I think he will stay at Barcelona."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ow.. ten paragraphs on West Ham in winners sections.. wow.. Its really Christmas time!!!.. Forever blowing bubbles..

metal
Premier League Winners And Losers

A

couple of wins and everything is OK! Sorry you still haven't got a striker who can consistently goals. Keep searching. I don't think Liverpool will make top four not even Europa League this time around.

larrylawrence
Rodgers still targets top four

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Sami Hyypia quits Brighton after six months in charge

Sami Hyypia has left Brighton after the club accepted his resignation as manager.

Rangers AGM: Members of board heckled at fiery AGM held at Ibrox Stadium

Rangers chairman David Somers struggled to make himself heard amid boos and heckles as he addressed the club's AGM.

England's Women postpone friendly with France following World Cup draw

England Women's April friendly against France has been postponed after both nations have been drawn in the same group for the 2015 FIFA World Cup.

Mail Box

Becoming A Proper Fan Again In 2014

Man United fans can thank David Moyes for making them appreciate their club again. We also have mails on Liverpool, Newcastle, another Christmas XI and more...

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property