Laudrup: All Swansea players know importance of Cardiff derby

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup says the Swans foreign players realise the importance of the derby against Cardiff.

"All the players will know how important it is," Laudrup said.

"When you walk around in the city, people, even a couple of weeks before, start talking about the game."

The former Denmark international, who played for big European sides Lazio, Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid in his playing career, will use his previous experience of dealing with high-intensity fixtures.

"I do know a lot about derbies," Laudrup said in a BBC interview with former Wales striker John Hartson. "It's something special.

"All fans feel that their derby is something special.

"I always heard that when I came to a new place - 'this derby is the special one, the biggest one'. They all say that. They say the same thing up in Glasgow [The Old Firm between Celtic and Rangers].

"I remember when I was a young kid and I arrived at Lazio in Rome. I was only 19.

"Even three or four weeks before they would say 'when we play Roma' and we still had two or three games before that.

"When you hear that, as a player you know they really care about the game.

"Even if we had three or four games before the derby they were only thinking about the game and it's the same thing here."

 
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