Laudrup warning for Swans
Published 17/03/2013 | 17:01
Michael Laudrup has warned Swansea they must retain their motivation until the end of the season despite having already secured silverware and 40 Premier League points.
Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Arsenal, courtesy of goals from Nacho Monreal and Gervinho, was Swansea's second defeat in the three games since their Capital One Cup final success over Bradford.
The Swans have not added to their league tally since reaching the 40-point mark which is generally seen to earmark safety, and Laudrup said: "It is important to always try - as individuals and a team - to find motivation in each game. We compete at the highest level, even in training everyone wants to win."
He went on: "If you want to move on and have that ambition to move higher in the coming years, you have to be up for every game.
"Even if you have done well yesterday, you have to do well today and tomorrow, but I cannot say anything about the attitude of this team. They have been excellent.
"The three games since the final have all been tight.
"Against Newcastle and West Brom a draw could have been a fair result and this game could have been 0-0.
"So in terms of points it would have been the same, but I would have preferred three draws to one win and two defeats.
"But it's part of our education. It is not often a smaller club is in this situation. To have 10 or 11 games before the end of the season, and already have a trophy and 40 points, but we have to carry on.
"Some of my players may end up at a top club one day, and then they will need to win every game, so we have to stay motivated."