Laudrup wary of fatigue factor

Michael Laudrup believes physical and mental fatigue has played a part in Swansea's difficult recent run.

Last Updated: 21/04/13 at 14:00 Post Comment

Michael Laudrup: Sights set on a top-10 finish

Michael Laudrup: Sights set on a top-10 finish

Michael Laudrup believes physical and mental fatigue has played a part in Swansea's difficult recent run.

Saturday's goalless draw against Southampton extended the Swans' winless streak to five games, equalling their longest series without a victory since being promoted to the Barclays Premier League.

Swansea fans are unlikely to complain too loudly after a season which has seen them win the Capital One Cup, and spend all but a handful of weeks inside the top half of the table.

Laudrup has set his sights on making sure a top-10 finish is secured, but the Swans will need to pick up a few more points from a testing run-in - including fixtures against Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea - to achieve that goal.

Despite taking just two points from the last 15, Laudrup has been pleased by the attitude his players have shown.

But the Dane acknowledges the emotional highs experienced during the cup run - as well as reaching the 40-point mark - may be having an effect as the campaign draws to a close.

"Fatigue could be a factor for some players. We cannot exclude that," he said.

"For some players it has been their first year in this team, whether they have come from abroad or from the youth team like Ben Davies.

"Jonathan de Guzman did not play much last season and he has played a lot of games this season, as have Pablo Hernandez and Michu.

"But, as well as the physical side, there is the mental side.

"It is completely normal when you reach your target to relax and not be at as high a level as before, even if you do not mean to.

"It is something I have felt across the whole club. After winning the final and getting to 40 points against Newcastle, everybody took a deep breath.

"Everybody is saying 'what a great season you had', but it should be 'have' not 'had', because we are still playing.

"There are a lot of people in this city who think the season has finished. I don't want that. We have to play to the last game because I want to finish as high as possible.

"The only thing I want is to get the mentality that while what we have done is good, we have to go on."

The lacklustre stalemate at the Liberty Stadium extended Southampton's unbeaten run to six games, and edged Mauricio Pochettino's side closer to Premier League survival.

The Argentinian opted to leave record signing Gaston Ramirez on the bench, despite the Uruguayan getting the goal to earn them a point against West Ham.

And he defended his decision to opt to start Jay Rodriguez in his place.

He said: "I did not see it as something strange. I have to pick a team from my squad. It is my decision who plays.

"Gaston had trained during the week and he was fit. He was prepared to play and he came on, but the decision is down to me.

"The final decisions on my team are always down to me."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

suspect the review will conclude that Iago Aspas should never have been loaned out. Two hat-tricks in two Copa Del Rey games. One might say he has really turned a corner.

GVMUFC
'Liverpool in transfer review'

P

oise, power and (I noticed in his post match interview) freakishly large hands. You know what they say about men with big hands.......... big gloves.

disGUSting
Poise And Power: Barkley's Unique Blend

S

itting next to him in the studio will surely be the closest Jamie Carragher ever got to Thierry...

bungle1976
Henry retires and joins Sky

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Tottenham thump Newcastle 4-0 to reach the semi-finals

Tottenham thrashed Newcastle United 4-0 at White Hart Lane to reach the Capital One Cup semi-finals.

Premier League: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge to be treated by Boston Red Sox staff

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge is set to spend Christmas in Boston as he continues to receive treatment on a thigh injury.

League Two: Hartlepool's new manager Ronnie Moore ready for 'biggest job'

Hartlepool's new manager Ronnie Moore says he is taking on "the biggest job in English football".

Mail Box

Pulis To Liverpool Might Just Work

One Mailboxer believes that Tony Pulis managing Liverpool isn't as silly as you might think. Plus Bournemouth aren't that romantic and we're all guilty of ignoring Everton...

It's Not As Simple As Losing Luis Suarez...

That's the view of Liverpool fans in the mailbox as the Reds continue to struggle without their talisman. Suarez isn't doing particularly well at Barca either, it should be said...

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