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Michael Laudrup is confident Swansea will avoid relegation

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is ready for a relegation dogfight

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Michael Laudrup is confident Swansea will avoid the drop and has assured fans he has the stomach for a relegation dogfight.

Laudrup's side are just three points above the relegation zone and face Tottenham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to end a run of seven Premier League games without a win.

He said: "I would prefer to sit here with 29 or 30 points, but in the long term it is a good thing for the team and even for the club to see how it is as when you come out of a situation like this, I am sure we will stay up and we will appreciate it more.

"I am sure some people think it is no big deal being a mid-table team in the Premier League as we have finished 11th and ninth.

"Then you look down and see teams that have been in the Premier League for many years and they are struggling.

"But I am sure at the other end of the tunnel we will still be in the Premier League."

Laudrup has been in a relegation fight before during his time in Spain as his Getafe and Mallorca sides battled to stay in the Primera Division.

"This is not the first time for me (to be near the relegation zone)," he said.

"I had it with Getafe and Majorca, who were smaller teams as well. It was new to me then as I was good enough and lucky enough to always play for teams that went for the title or the Champions League.

"You have to adapt to the reality. You can beat the big teams in the cups, but in the league the best will always be at the top.

"A lot of small things can make the difference between eighth, ninth or 10th or being relegated. But it is important to suffer and I think it's good."