Michael Laudrup backs Swansea City's foreign legion to shine in Cardiff clash
MICHAEL Laudrup is confident Swansea City’s foreign legion will be prepared for the heat of the South Wales derby.
More than half the Swansea team could be from overseas as Laudrup looks to plot a way to victory in the first meeting between his team and Cardiff in the Premier League.
Of those, only Angel Rangel has tasted the intensity of a clash between Swansea and Cardiff.
But Laudrup says his players are well aware of the importance of the fixture.
“You cannot ask a guy from Spain to understand it completely, but they have their own derbies,” he said.
“We have players who played in Sevilla v Real Betis, which is a huge derby in Spain.
“They know when they hear the word ‘derby’ what it means. Wherever you are around the world there is always one thing in common — the importance to the fans.
“It’s the same all over, whether you are in Wales, Denmark, Holland or Spain — the feelings and emotions always make it something different.
“During the game it will be very tight, the atmosphere of the stadium is something different for a derby, but it’s still a football game where you have to try to win it.
“But the build-up to the game is special.”