Laudrup demands a response

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has demanded a reaction from his side when they take on Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday.

Last Updated: 07/11/13 at 16:23 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Wants his side to show character in the next two games

Michael Laudrup: Wants his side to show character in the next two games

More of the games that matter

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

Swansea will travel to Russia on the back of Sunday's Premier League defeat to rivals Cardiff and knowing they will need a positive result to boost their chances of qualifying from Group A.

"I've said a lot of times the team has character and they will show it," said Laudrup. "But it is always good to get confirmation of something and I am sure we will see a reaction from the team because they are so disappointed at this loss.

"The game on Thursday is a five-hour flight away and four hours' time difference. It's a lot of travelling.

"But I've said it before and I will say again, the reason for that is that we deserve it, we won the League Cup last year so we are in Europe. We will try to go to Russia and win because we have some history with them after they scored in the last seconds against us in Swansea.

"Then we face another strong physical team in Stoke at home on Sunday which, just before the international break, is a game we really want and need to win."

Summer signing Wilfried Bony, bought from Vitesse Arnhem for £12million, has been used sparingly in the Premier League so far this term and Laudrup says it is because the Ivory Coast international had a shortened pre-season.

"When Bony came here he hadn't had a proper pre-season and then after we signed him he had to stay away for nine days until he had his work permit," the Dane said.

"He started playing and in some games he did well, especially the European games and a couple of others. But we want him to be at his best because I'm the first one to know the expectations everyone has of him (because of his transfer fee).

"We are here to help him and that's what we are trying to do, to give him a programme where we are doing extra things with him to get him at his best.

"I think he understands that maybe that means in some games he will not be there. Of course everybody wants to play all the games, but what we are doing is trying to put him up to his best condition so we can see the best of Wilfried.

"I don't know how long it will take but he needs to adapt as it is a big step from the Dutch league to the Premier League."

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

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle starts for Italy against England in Turin

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has been handed a start for Italy in their friendly against England in Turin on Tuesday.

Harry Kane to make first England start against Italy, says Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Harry Kane will make his first start for England in Tuesday night's friendly with Italy.

Two Chelsea fans summoned to appear in court over claims of racist chants

Two men summoned to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in May following claims of racist chants at St Pancras Station.

Mail Box

Can Wenger Coach Young Players Anymore?

One Mailboxer wonders whether Wenger has still got ability to bring through young talent. Plus £50m for Sterling, stop being matey with footballers and Blackpool...

Forget About Flair And Play Like Greece

'Forget about flair and play like Greece' is one outsider's advice to the England national side, while an Arsenal fan wants to sell Theo Walcott to get Marco Reus.

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company