Michael Laudrup ready to beef up Swansea City for Everton test
MICHAEL Laudrup is ready to beef up his team at Goodison Park tomorrow as Swansea City go in search of a first ever win over Everton.
Laudrup is ready to tweak his team once again as he attempts to steer Swansea through perhaps the most demanding sequence of fixtures in the history of the club.
And the suggestion is that Kemy Agustien could get the nod in midfield this weekend as Swansea attempt to cope with the physical threat of Everton talisman Marouane Fellaini.
Michel Vorm returns for Gerhard Tremmel in goal, while Danny Graham will also hope for a recall to the starting side having struck his fourth goal in as many games after coming off the bench in Wednesday's sensational Capital One Cup triumph at Chelsea.
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It could be that Laudrup starts with his two right-backs, Angel Rangel and Dwight Tiendalli, playing one in front of another in an attempt to combat Everton's much-vaunted left side.
Influential duo Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar are expected to start for the Blues tomorrow, and Swansea are aware of the need to stop them if they are to stop Everton.
Another challenge facing Laudrup's men is to get their focus right after the spectacular highs of Stamford Bridge.
Swansea's players can be forgiven for dreaming of Wembley after their 2-0 win saw them installed as 6-5 favourites to win the League Cup next month.
Chelsea come to Wales for the semi-final second leg in 12 days' time.
And Rangel is pledging to deliver a final place as a reward for Swansea's supporters.
"We have to be really strong at home, we have to defend well and maybe score another goal to kill the game off," said Rangel, who is being touted for a potential Spain call-up.
"We will put everything into that game and we will stay focused.
"It will be difficult, but we have to try to keep a clean sheet and score ourselves.
"We must finish the job and give something to the fans."
While Swansea's back four stood firm in London, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic endured a dreadful night as his mistakes led to both goals.
"We pounced on two mistakes, but you still have to score them and I think Michu and Danny (Graham) took them so well," Rangel added.
"They are quality strikers and that has made the difference.
"It's very important when you go to a place like Chelsea, where you defend and defend all game against a top team, that you take your chances.
"But it's not a surprise anymore, Michu's scoring in almost every game now.
"Last weekend he came on and scored straightaway, and on Wednesday he waited for his chance and he took it.
"And Danny's been on fire in the last few games.
"We knew that we wouldn't get many chances, but that's the difference between top quality strikers and good strikers."