Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | League Cup

Michael Laudrup © Action Images

Laudrup urges Swansea to attack Chelsea



Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has told his team not to sit back in the second leg of their League Cup semifinal with Chelsea on Wednesday, despite their two-goal aggregate lead.

Opportunistic goals from Michu and Danny Graham in the away leg gave Swansea a 2-0 success at Stamford Bridge and left the Welsh club on the verge of a first appearance in a major cup final.

However, Laudrup says it would be foolish for Swansea to attempt just to preserve their advantage, particularly as Chelsea have fared better in their away games than in their home fixtures this season.

"They have been much better away than at home," said the Dane on Tuesday.

"They won 4-0 at Stoke, they got five against Southampton and against Leeds. They also won at Everton, so they are maybe the best away team in the Premier League.

"It is different to start a game from 0-0 rather than 2-0, but the only danger is if we think can go out and just defend – 90 minutes is a very long time to do that.

"We have to be prepared to do a little of both. We have to try and get on the ball and look to attack, although we know there will be moments when we have to accept we will have to defend.

"For me and the players this is fantastic, and I would imagine it is for fans as well.

"We're not a club who can pretend we go into these games very often, so now we have a possibility, a fantastic chance and we will do our best, and more than that if we can."

Laudrup only took over at Swansea seven months ago but he says the reactions of the people around him have left him in no doubt as to the magnitude of Wednesday's match.

"I'm looking forward to it. It is something special," said the former Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker.

"I have been asked a lot how important this game could be, but I'm not the right person to ask because I have only been here seven months. It is much better to ask the people who have been here five, 10, 15 years or more.

"I have our wins at Anfield, the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, but this is different because we are a club who don't often get the chance to compete for trophies and suddenly we have a possibility."

Laudrup is hoping that Spanish centre-back Chico Flores will be fit to play at the Liberty Stadium after missing Saturday's 3-1 win at Stoke City with a knee injury.

"He trained well yesterday (Monday), so I think he should be fit," said Laudrup.

"With a knee injury you can never know how bad it is, it can be anything from a few days to a couple of months, so we are quite lucky."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R152.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
FIFA 14
Xbox 360
R549.00
Mitre Ultimatch Soccer Ball - White
A high quality football, offering high performance at both training and during football matches.
R252.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Was Arsenal playing football?
What on earth was that? What was that game Arsenal were playing in Germany on Tuesday night?

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
The pressure is on at Man United
By the time the summer transfer window closed in Europe, Manchester United had spent heavily. Times...

Arjun Vidyarthi
Reds back in Europe with a win
The Champions League is all about high octane action and last minute goals and that’s exactly what...

John Dykes
Copa BPL is the way to go
Monday night’s game at the KC Stadium provided another reminder that 2014/2015 could well turn out...

Gary Al-Smith
What Appiah's axing says about Africans
Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah knew he would be sacked. He did not expect it to be so messy though.

Claudia Ekai
How the mighty fell
African football history tells many stories of the rise and fall of stars that once had the world...