Leon Britton: Michael Laudrup has made his mark on Swans' style
IT has taken five months and ten Premier League matches, but Leon Britton feels this is now a Swansea City side in Michael Laudrup's image.
Swansea claimed a 1-1 draw against European champions Chelsea on Saturday, and Laudrup's men were more than worthy of their point.
When he first took over, the Danish manager vowed to adhere to the same passing style which has become synonymous with Swansea under former bosses Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez.
Laudrup has made subtle adjustments — the Swans attack in a more direct manner this term — and his side are beginning to reap the rewards with a 3-1 win over Liverpool in the Capital One Cup preceding Swansea's draw against Chelsea.
Britton has been a constant in the side throughout the managerial changes in recent seasons, and the midfielder is well placed to assess whether this is truly a Laudrup team.
"It does always take a little while for a manager to stamp his authority on a team — to get his ideas across," said Britton.
"You work in pre-season, but then you have a block of ten games and he can get his ideas across, then review them so he can change things.
"This is definitely a Laudrup team and you can see he has had four or five months working on the training ground to get us where we want to be."
The draw with Chelsea capped a fine week for Swansea, who were encouraging in a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City and brilliant in their League Cup victory at Anfield.
"It was a good point for us," said Britton. "We showed great character to come back from a goal down and Pablo (Hernandez) has produced a great bit of skill and a great finish. The draw was a fair result.
"We were unlucky at City, got a great result at Liverpool and thankfully got something today. Had we not got something, we would have been disappointed."
Before Saturday's game, Laudrup had said he was more concerned about beating Southampton next weekend than the result against Chelsea.
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid star argued that it was games against other sides in the bottom half of the table which would define Swansea's season, not fixtures against the Premier League's title challengers.
As far as Laudrup is concerned, survival is once again the target this season, and Britton says the players share the same belief.
"We want to keep pushing and end up as high as possible, but the main aim is to stay up," he added.
"We want to stay in this league and then try to be as high as possible.
"We got fantastic results at the start, then had a dodgy run, but we're still new to this league and there's going to be times when you get a run of three or four games where you don't pick up any wins. But the main thing is you keep belief. We've shown against three quality teams that we can perform. This will give us confidence going into the next few games."