Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup played in a number of derby games throughout his illustrious career, however this weekend the Dane gets his first taste of an all-Welsh encounter.

His side will make the short trip along the south coast to play neighbours Cardiff City, with the match being the first time the Welsh sides have met in the top flight during their 101-year rivalry.

The Swans’ boss knows how important these derby games are to the fans, with the 49-year old having experienced the derbies of Turin, Rome and also the fierce hatred between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Going into this weekend’s clash, the ex-Juventus player showed his understanding towards the games importance and his excitement at being involved.

He told The Mirror: “Whenever it is and wherever it is, whatever country, it is always something special to be involved in because you know it means a lot to a lot of people.”

The Swansea coach made assurances that his team will not be effected by the intense atmosphere, however he believes it can only benefit the players if they understand just how much it means to the fans.

He added: “I know a lot of people will talk about this game when my players are out on the streets this week, whether it is for a coffee of just to go to the shops.

“The fans will say to them, ‘Hey, we’ve got to win’. But
that’s OK. That means the players really understand how important it is to the

After a solid start to the season, Swansea currently sit in ninth, whilst Cardiff are just a few places off the relegation zone in 16th. However, victory will see them jump over their rivals.

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