Getafe boss Laudrup grateful for patience
Getafe coach Michael Laudrup is grateful for the patience shown by president Angel Torres following the team's poor start to the season, admitting that not all clubs would have shown the same tolerance.
Laudrup was this weekend finally able to celebrate his first league win since taking charge of the Madrid-based club in the summer after watching his men down Real Murcia 2-0.
Although Getafe have not actually been performing that badly this season, results have been going against them and the win over Murcia will help relieve some of the pressure on both the team and Laudrup.
'If we had been playing badly and without the style that the club and I want, I would have been sacked,' admitted the Dane, who always had a tough job following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Bernd Schuster at Getafe.
'What is more, if I had been in Italy, where they only take into account the results, I would have been sacked some time ago.'
The former Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Ajax forward, whose side face Tottenham in the UEFA Cup tomorrow, also feels he has the backing of Torres.
'Whenever I have spoken with the president, he has given me his support,' said Laudrup in Danish newspaper Politiken.
'This makes me happy, but I know this game and I know that the coach is the first to be sacrificed if the team to not get out of their crisis.'
European opponents Spurs have not had the best of results either this season, and Monday's 3-1 defeat at Newcastle left Martin Jol's side third from bottom in the standings - the same as Getafe.
However, Spurs have finished in the top five of the Premier League in the last two campaigns, and Getafe midfielder Esteban Granero is anticipating a testing trip to White Hart Lane.
'We know that it is going to be a very difficult game, and as such if we don't go out at 100% we are going to have a bad time of it,' the 20-year-old said.
'(Spurs) are a good team, but we always go out with the intention of winning, regardless of where we are playing or who we are playing - then we see how the game develops, but I am sure that if it develops well, we can obtain the victory.
'We know that they (Spurs) have not started well, but we also know that they are a dangerous team, who have good players, and that the season is very long, so we shall see.'
Granero played in both legs of Getafe's victory over Dutch side FC Twente in the previous round, and the Madrid-born midfielder admits he is hoping to get the chance to feature at White Hart Lane as well.
'It is clear that every footballer has the dream of playing at English grounds, and more so knowing the atmospheres that they have there,' he said.
'But above all we are going there with the thought that we are in the UEFA Cup, which is a very demanding competition, and that we have to obtain points as soon as possible to help us qualify for the next phase.'