Legend's praise for Laudrup and Swans
18th November 2013
World Cup winner Roberto Carlos has hailed Michael Laudrup as a huge inspiration in his coaching career - and then backed the Swans to maintain their recent success.
Carlos, one of the most successful left-backs in the game, is now in charge of Turkish top-flight side Sivasspor after hanging up his boots following a spell with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
The 40-year-old included the Great Dane as one of the influences behind his early success as a manager.
Laudrup led the Swans to their most successful season in the club's 100-year history during his first campaign in charge at the Liberty as they won the Capital One Cup and finished ninth in the Barclays Premier League.
And Carlos, who won four La Liga trophies and three Champions League titles while at Real Madrid, expects the Swans to keep progressing under Laudrup.
He told Fifa.com: "Luiz Felipe Scolari, (Vanderlei) Luxemburgo, Fabio Capello, (Vicente) Del Bosque, even (Jose) Mourinho - though I haven't worked with him yet - I always try to watch these coaches to learn from them and put their ideas in practice myself.
"I admire coaches from the younger generation too, like Pep Guardiola, because of what he did at Barcelona and what he is doing now at Bayern.
"And Laudrup is doing a good job at a smaller team like Swansea. They definitely have what it takes to continue at the top and be successful for a long time."