‘No fear, just respect’: Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup primes his team for Manchester City onslaught

By Alan Ross

Despite Manchester City boasting the best home record in the Premier League, Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is hoping to cause a surprise at the Etihad today.

City banged in another four goals in their midweek Champions League tie against Viktoria Plzen and will be hoping to maintain their perfect league home record when the Welsh side visit.

Laudrup said that while his side are expected to lose by a ‘few goals’ given City have scored 13 goals in their last two league fixtures at home without conceding, they were not scared.

“You can’t play with fear in football. There is a lot of respect, you have respect for everybody, the ones on top and at the bottom, but never fear,” the Dane told reporters.

“City are the best home team in the league with 26 goals in six games so we know it will be a tough afternoon, but we can only surprise people there.”

Swansea, who lost at home to Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday, will no doubt be looking to expose City’s frail defence that was told to improve by manager Manuel Pellegrini after the match against Plzen.

Laudrup remained realistic in his ambitions though with the League Cup holders – currently 10th – yet to hit top form so far this season.

“Everybody expects City to win by a few goals because they’ve done that against everybody including Manchester United and Tottenham,” said Laudrup.

“So I think we will go there to do the best we can to get something out of it, and whatever happens we will still present a competitive team.”

Image courtesy of Swans TV via YouTube, with thanks.

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