'Results have given Swansea City real belief'
MICHAEL Laudrup believes his Swansea City can look ahead with confidence thanks to their bright start to an unpredictable Premier League season.
Laudrup admits he has been shocked by a clutch of results in the first few weeks of the new top-flight campaign.
But there have no unpleasant surprises for Swansea's new manager as his team have enjoyed an excellent start to 2012-13.
Swansea sit second in the early-season table after thumping wins over Queens Park Rangers and West Ham as well as a gallant draw with Sunderland.
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Laudrup, who is getting his first taste of English football, said: "What I have made of the games so far is that at least at the start of the season, everybody can beat everybody in the Premier League.
"Everton beat Manchester United, West Brom beat Everton, Southampton were leading Manchester United 2-1 with three minutes to go.
"Liverpool and Tottenham have not won a game yet, and Swansea have not lost yet.
"We all know that further down the line there will be the big teams and the smaller teams and the teams in between.
"But in the beginning we just have to get as many points as we can."
Laudrup admitted in pre-season that Swansea's start to the campaign would be essential given their relatively gentle run of early fixtures.
And despite some concerns after a turbulent summer, Ashley Williams and Co have responded with three morale-boosting results.
"Being second in the table is nice for the fans, but for me the seven points we have are important," Laudrup added.
"We earned those points and no-one can take them away from us.
"The results have given us a lot of confidence — you can see that in the players, in the club and in the city.
"That confidence is much more important than being second, third or fifth right now."
Swansea return to action at Aston Villa on Saturday without Chico Flores following his Sunderland red card. But Laudrup's men have been buoyed by their performance against the Black Cats, when they earned a point despite a number of setbacks in the game.
"We had the injury to Neil (Taylor), the red card and the goal in injury time when we should not have been playing," Laudrup said.
"But despite all that we came back twice and even with one man less, we controlled the game. Their manager said that. so it is not just me. To react like we did when things weren't working the way we wanted as a team was great."
Meanwhile, Swansea are understood to be closing in on former Holland Under-21 left-back Dwight Tiendalli. The Dutchman, released by FC Twente last season, would help fill the void left by Neil Taylor's season-ending ankle injury.