The ninth-placed Swans are looking to emulate last season's 1-0 home triumph over City this weekend but Laudrup knows very well that it will be a difficult clash with a talented group.
"They are a great team with fantastic players," he said. "They have some physical players, but [David] Silva, [Carlos] Tevez, [Samir] Nasri and [Sergio] Aguero are fantastically gifted.
"If they put four good players on the bench then they can just put four other top players in the starting line-up - that is what we are up against.
"Last weekend we faced some top players and we have to be at our best this weekend, otherwise it will be very difficult. We have shown this year that we can beat the great teams, but your performance level has to be high."