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Laudrup coy on future amid City rumours

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is focused on the League Cup final against Bradford despite speculation linking him with jobs elsewhere.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is focused on the League Cup final against Bradford despite speculation linking him with jobs elsewhere.

The Dane has been linked with Manchester City and Real Madrid on the eve of the Wembley cup final, but Laudrup insists he is completely focused on the match with Bradford.

“I think it’s not the moment to talk about the future,” he told reporters.

“I think we are again, three days from maybe the most important game, or at least one of the most important games in the history of this club so to talk of something else, I think it would be a little ruthless in this moment. So let’s focus on the big thing.”

The former World Player of the Year said winning the League Cup with Swansea would be one of the greatest achievements of his career.

“I think to win a title as a manager, and I already tried it, it is bigger than to win it as a player,” Laudrup said. “As a player, you’re just a player, you just have to think about what you’re doing within a team.

“But as a manager you have to build up a team and you have to arrive there and to win it. So for me it gives much more as a manager than as a player.

“I know the importance of this game has on everybody here, in the club, in the city, the team, the fans, everything, then for that reason it’s huge for me as well because I know, I can feel.

“I’ve felt it during these weeks we’ve been waiting how huge an impact it has had already and I can imagine if we win on Sunday, it will have.”

Laudrup, 48, said his side must be in top form to beat a giant-killing Bradford team who have so far had a fairytale journey to the final at Wembley.

“We have to accept that we are the favourites in the final, for the simple reason that we are playing in the Premier League and Bradford is playing in League Two,” Laudrup said. “But that’s good for me and good for everybody.

“We’ve seen what they have done to Wigan, to Arsenal and especially to Aston Villa – and the reason why I say especially to Aston Villa is because it was a two-leg game. It was two games, 180 minutes and I think it’s just fantastic.

“Maybe that we are in the final is a small fairytale, but Bradford is a huge one.

“We have to accept that we have to take hand of the initiative in the game and they will play a lot on the counter and for the set-pieces where they have been very, very good during this competition and season.”

Laudrup also said his side have not been practicing spot-kicks in the build-up to the final.

Fri 22 February, 2013
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