Thursday 23 November 2017

Laudrup plays down rumours linking him with Mourinho's job

Everton 0 Swansea City 0

Jamie Holland

Michael Laudrup has shrugged off suggestions that he could be the man to replace Jose Mourinho should the Portuguese's contact with Real Madrid be terminated in the summer.

A poll in the Spanish sports paper 'Marca' put the Swansea manager third behind Rafa Benitez and Germany coach Joachim Loew to succeed Mourinho.

"It is always nice when someone talks well about you but you have to remember I played there and have a lot of friends there," said Laudrup, who won the Spanish title with Real in 1995.

Laudrup, who has had two spells managing in La Liga, said it would be hard to return to Spain because he enjoyed far more freedom as a Premier League manager. "Over here a manager has a lot more influence over who is coming in and who is going out," he said. "In Spain, you have people deciding on your players from behind a desk."

What Laudrup found most pleasing on his latest visit to Merseyside was the manner in which his defence repelled a team that has excelled on home soil for the past 12 months.

Spain manager Vincente del Bosque may have turned up hoping to feast himself on the delights of Michu, but it was defender Chico Flores who stood out. Michu hit the bar with his one glimmer of a chance, while Everton enjoyed a few moments of pressure without ever gaining any momentum.

Some goal-line clearances and a couple of second-half scrambles could not disguise the reality that defences were generally on top.

"It was just one of those days," said David Moyes, who acknowledged that these are the sort of matches Everton need to win if they are to finish in the top four. (© Independent News Service)

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