We can win OUR league - Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup
MICHAEL Laudrup reckons Swansea City can win the league this season — by finishing eighth.
Laudrup reckons it is unrealistic to expect Swansea to finish above any of the Premier League's current top seven — the two Manchesters, Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool — over the course of the season.
And though he believes Newcastle United's resources mean they should be next in the pecking order, Laudrup reckons Swansea could end this campaign as the best of the rest.
Swansea are currently eighth, and take on ninth-placed West Brom at the Hawthorns tomorrow.
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"In the other league, we are top of the table right now," said the Swansea manager.
"And I think trying to finish eighth is a good ambition for us to have now.
"Just to be up there competing for a place in the top ten is great for a team like us.
"Look at the teams above us. For another team to finish in that group, they would have to a fantastic season and one of the top teams would have to have a very bad season.
"For a club like us, eighth or ninth should be the maximum we can hope for. For us it would be like winning the league."
Laudrup admits Swansea will have almost no room for improvement if they do end this campaign in eighth spot.
"That's a problem," he said through a smile.
"In general, when you have success people like the taste of it, and it is only a small gap between getting the taste and then getting used to it.
"But even to be a mid-table Premier League club normally takes years and years, and we have been here for only 19 months."
Laudrup reckons the Baggies will be desperate for victory tomorrow as they attempt to make a late surge for a European qualification spot.
Albion are boosted by the return to fitness of skipper Chris Brunt tomorrow, but striker Shane Long is very doubtful because of an ankle injury.
"They have talent and they have speed, especially in (Romelu) Lukaku," Laudrup said.
"We have to be careful because we always like to have the ball, but they are very good on the counter-attack. With two or three passes they can go from their box to ours."