English Premier League club trains at DSC's Academies Campus
"The pitches are great and there's obviously the weather... this is a luxury"
DSC General Manager - Sports Business Maqbul Dudhia: "We have been delighted to host Swansea City and they add to the growing list of top-class athletes who are using our world-class facilities"
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Michael Laudrup, the manager of English Premier League (EPL) team Swansea City says he and his players have relished the chance to train at Dubai Sports City's Academies Campus this week.
The club, which lies seventh in the EPL and is in the final of the Capital One (League) Cup, has spent the past three days getting some warm-weather work in at the state-of-the-art facility.
And Laudrup, the former playing legend in Italy, Spain and the Netherlands as well as his native Denmark said on Wednesday that the chance to get away from the worst of Europe's winter weather and train in such superb surroundings was too good a chance to miss.
"It's great," Laudrup told reporters. "The pitches are really great. That's the only thing I ever ask and there's obviously the (warm) weather.
"We can't complain about that comparing to Europe now so this is luxury."
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"We played four games in ten days around Christmas and New Year and the weather is what it is in Europe at the moment," added Laudrup.
"Here it's different suroundings, nice weather and we're training in shorts. It's nice to be here, in these other surroundings for a break of four or five days.
"We have a small game at Anfield (against Liverpool) on Sunday so it's good preparation," he said, with a smile.
In less than two weeks Swansea have perhaps the biggest day in the club's history with that appearance in the Capital One (League) Cup final at Wembley where they will be clear favourites against Bradford City, which lies three divisions below them in the English league system.
But Laudrup said that the expectation that they should win does not concern either him or his players or create extra pressure.
"We have to accept we are the favourites for the final and we have to be - we're playing in the Premier League and they are in League Two. That's how it is," he said.
"In a couple of games we've been the underdogs especially in the semi-final against Chelsea and against Liverpool at Anfield so I think we can handle that pressure as well."
Success this season has left Swansea on the brink not only of securing another season in the Premier League but also within touching distance of qualifying for European competition next term.
And that has Laudrup excited at the future prospects of his side and in no mood to listen to potential offers for his services from other clubs.
"My intention is to stay, I have a contract for next season and it's a very interesting team we're building here," he said.
"We have to stay in the present and the present is the league. We have to get as many points as possible and win the cup final and see what happens next season with some new players coming in.
"The prospect of playing in Europe would be a very exciting season but first of all we have to finish this one."
DSC General Manager - Sports Business Maqbul Dudhia said: "Dubai Sports City has been delighted to host Swansea City this week.
"They have been able to take advantage of our superb and ever-expanding facilities at the Academies Campus - which now features a full-sized indoor pitch - and we are delighted with the way things have turned out.
"Swansea City's visit adds another name to the growing of world-class teams and athletes who have used our facilities, joining world number one golfer Rory McIlroy and the England, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka cricket teams.
"But the good news is that these facilities are not just for those elite sportsmen and women.
"They are available for use by anyone and everyone from infants involved in our Socatots programme, through to children in coaching programmes in football, cricket and golf, and adults through private, corporate or league activities.
"We encourage the people of the UAE to find out what is available to them on their doorsteps at Dubai Sports City and we look forward to welcoming more stars and also members of the public over the comings weeks and months to take advantage of these world-class, state-of-the-art facilities."
Anyone interested in finding out more about what Dubai Sports City has to offer can visit the website or call DSC on +971 4 425 1111.