Laudrup: "We need three points"
17th January 2014
Michael Laudrup is hoping to kick off a "crucial" period for the club with a win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Swans host Spurs in the Premier League this weekend as they attempt to break a winless streak of seven games.
Laudrup's side have been without a league win since beating Newcastle 3-0 at the Liberty over a month ago.
And it won't be an easy task for Laudrup's side on Sunday, when they go up against a team who are unbeaten in five league games under new manager Tim Sherwood.
Nevertheless, the Swans boss is confident that his side are capable of rising to the challenge.
"We need a win," declared Laudrup. "I can't complain about the performances or attitude. We have had the chances to win, but we just haven't taken them.
"We have to keep doing what we are doing but focus on winning games.
"The game on Sunday isn't against a direct opponent, but it is at home. And no disrespect to Spurs, but I believe they are beatable and we can win this game.
"I've watched all of their games - apart from the game against Palace - and I think they have been doing well.
"They have changed a bit tactically, playing with two forwards since bringing Adebayor in from the cold, and it has had a huge impact on their results.
"Everybody wants so much to win. We need those three points so that we can move forward.
"This period is so important for us. One win can change the whole atmosphere and a few results can change everything."
"I think that the last 11 teams in this moment are all considered to be in battle, and it could go on like that for at least seven or eight games.
"If one team wins two consecutive games, they can move away. It's so close.
"But it all depends on what we can do, during the next month and a half from Spurs to Crystal Palace.
"We have four games at home against direct opponents, which will be crucial to the rest of our season.
"If we come well out of this period, then our season will look very good, but if we don't, then we might be in for a battle."
Meanwhile, Laudrup has received a fitness boost ahead of Sunday's fixture as Roland Lamah and Dwight Tiendalli return to the fold.
He added: "We might have two or three back at the maximum. The others aren't far away. They could be back in the coming week.