Swansea manager Michael Laudrup was happy about his side’s 1-0 home win against Newcastle yesterday at the Liberty Stadium, and in some of his interviews he confessed that a small club like Swansea could have had a let-down after their massive win last Sunday, when they won the Capital One (League) Cup at Wembley – and it’s the first major trophy in their history.
Michael Laudrup – praise for Newcastle
Swansea were the better side in the first half and they missed a couple of good chances when center-backs Ashley Williams and Gary Monk should have done better with the chances they were offered.
But in the second half Newcastle raised their game and were dominant, and Michael Laudrup had some praise for the new Newcastle team after the match:
“Newcastle were better in the second-half.” “They had two or three very good chances, but they had the same problem as us in that they didn’t score when their players were at their best.”
“It was probably only going to be one goal that decided the game and fortunately it was ours.” “You have to give credit to Newcastle. They are a much better team than the one we played in November.”
“They have signed some good players and there are others coming back from injury. Yoan Gouffran is dangerous and Yohan Cabaye is a player I like a lot.” “I think they can go on and do well in the Europa League.”
Swansea’s win means they did the double over us this season, after beating us 2-1 at St. James’ Park which at the time on November 17th was a shock result.
But it was only the start of a worrying decline which only ended after we were beaten 2-1 by Reading on 19th Jnauary, and in the next week we brought in four French players in successive days.
Laudrup, the former Real Madrid and Barcelona player, played 104 times with 37 goals from his country Denmark – from his attacking midfield position.
And after managing four previous clubs, including Mallorca, he has proved in this last year that he is an excellent manager and there could be some big clubs come in for him in the summer, but to his credit he says he would like to stay with Swansea next season as they navigate through the Europa league.
Michael is also a real gentleman.
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