Michael Laudrup warns Swansea City that the bubble could burst against Norwich City
MICHAEL Laudrup admits Swansea City enjoyed their rare moment in the spotlight after victory at Arsenal last weekend.
But he has warned his players the bubble can very quickly burst ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Norwich City.
Swansea are being touted as potential European contenders having lost only once in ten matches, and they could move into the Premier League's top four with victory this weekend.
But Laudrup admits Swansea can expect defeat against the in-form Canaries if they take their eye off the ball.
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"I still think the first-half performance against West Brom last week was something incredible, yet I watched a TV programme the next day and they talked about all six games that night apart from ours," said the Swansea boss.
"Then last Saturday we played really well but not even close to the levels we reached against West Brom, but it's another world because we beat one of the big clubs.
"It makes a lot of noise when you beat Arsenal — suddenly we had Sky (Sports) News at training and we were on the news on the BBC.
"The players deserved all that credit at the beginning of the week, but now that has gone and we must focus on Norwich.
"This weekend the big story will be something else, but we need to focus because otherwise it's a game we can lose easily.
"Norwich, after all, are in even better form than us."
Norwich did not win any of their first seven league games this season but, having ended that run with victory over Arsenal in October, they have not lost in the last eight and also remain in the Capital One Cup.
The Carrow Road club were one of only four visiting sides to win in the league at the Liberty last season — they doubled Swansea last term — but are yet to triumph on the road under Chris Hughton.
The former Newcastle boss had a sticky start to life at Norwich, but his team have surged into mid-table thanks largely to an increasingly solid defence.
"It's a really difficult game for us," Laudrup added.
"I don't want to be negative, but we have to remember that small things can change things round very quickly.
"We could all enjoy what we have done in the last few weeks, but everything has to remain a certain context.
"There is always a new game, and we now have three very difficult games in a week — Norwich, a team with as much confidence as us, a quarter-final where we will have to accept starting as favourites and a difficult trip to Spurs."
Wayne Routledge should be fit to face Norwich after missing the Arsenal success with an ankle injury, but Pablo Hernandez (thigh) is expected to miss out again with Laudrup rating him "very doubtful".
Routledge's probable return means a reshuffle is likely, with Michu tipped to lead the line at the expense of Itay Shechter. Jonathan de Guzman could then revert to central midfield having filled in on the flank at the Emirates.
Michel Vorm will not be considered despite returning to training this week following a groin problem.
The Dutchman is tipped to make his comeback at White Hart Lane in nine days' time.