Laudrup eyes improvement from Swansea

The Swans have struggled to cope with European and domestic fixtures at times this term but the Dane is confident of an upturn in form to match last season's 9th-place finish

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup insists that he is not concerned by his club's Premier League form over the first half of the season and would class a mid-table finish as a success.

Swansea finished ninth in the top flight last term with 46 points, and Laudrup believes his side will secure another comfortable mid-table position by achieving that tally this time around.

At the halfway stage of the current campaign, the Welsh outfit have 21 points and lie 11th in the standings, having struggled at times to balance domestic demands with those of the Europa League.

Yet Laudrup is confident Swansea, who have not won in their last six fixtures, can improve in 2014.

"I thought we could [reach the New Year] on 23 points, so we are a couple short of where I expected to be," said the Dane.

"But I think we can do better in the second half of the season and we can end up more or less where we did last year.

"I said before the season that our target is to consolidate the club as a mid-table team.

"If we can do that this season, which has been so complicated with all the European games as well, it would be for me a big success.”

Swansea are only five points above the relegation zone at present, a fact Laudrup is well aware of.

"I think 11 teams are there [in a relegation fight]," he added. "We cannot think we are outside the 11 teams and say this is not about us.

"That would be very, very arrogant to say as a team who have only been in the Premier League for two-and-a-half seasons, and I am not arrogant.

"I have a lot of respect for the numbers for the bottom teams."