Michael Laudrup has said that while he is looking forward to leading Swansea City in the Europa League this coming season, the Premier League must remain the priority for the Welsh club, Sky
Swansea are well-placed to reach the next stage of the Europa League after recording a 4-0 home win over Malmo, but the manager wants to ensure the League Cup holders do not take their eye off domestic concerns, outlining that a fruitful season at the Liberty Stadium would see Premier League safety achieved as soon as possible.
“Success for us this season will be to consolidate the team as a mid-table side in the Premier League,” Laudrup said. “That would be fantastic to do so for a third consecutive year.
“It’s not easy because the teams below us last season have invested hard as they want to go up the table. Newcastle, West Ham and Southampton, among others, want to do that. We have the other competitions – the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League and we will just have to take them step by step. But the main thing for me is the Premier League.”
Laudrup added however that Swansea’s early start to the season could give them an edge when compared with their divisional rivals, who are still playing friendlies while the Swans have competitive games under their belt.
“ When you go in from pre-season to the first game in the league, I think every manager has doubts about where his team are,” Laudrup said. “I felt the same last season before we went to London to face QPR. You don’t know how it will go.
“That is because friendly games are very different. The first half is okay, but in the second half you get 15 changes across the two sides. But in competitive games, like these two we are playing against Malmo, you don’t get that. So it is very good for us.”
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