Michael Laudrup Eyes Europa League Success with Swansea City

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Dane wants the Swans to emulate European achievements of former club Getafe. 

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Swansea City head coach Michael Laudrup believes his side can make a good impression in this season’s Uefa Europa League, starting on Thursday night against Malmo, according to reports in This Is South Wales.

The Premier League side, who have qualified for Europe’s second-tier competition thanks to winning last season’s Capital One Cup at Wembley Stadium in February, host the Swedish giants at the Liberty stadium in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round.

And the one-time Denmark international wants the Principality outfit to take inspiration from his former club Getafe, who Laudrup guided all the way to the last eight of the competition in the 2007-08 campaign, only to lose in heartbreaking fashion to German giants Bayern Munich on away goals.

“Even five years on, if you speak to any of the Getafe players who were involved, they will remember that run,” Laudrup said.

“It was a fantastic experience for them – they had never done anything like it before – and I hope we will be able to have a similar experience here at Swansea, for the players and for the fans.

“At Getafe we started off playing Twente (Enschede) in the play-off and we got through that.

“Then we played against Anderlecht and Hapoel Tel-Aviv (as well as Spurs and Aalborg) and we got through the group.

“Then we got past AEK Athens and Benfica – we won both games against them – and we went to play at the Allianz Arena.

“The players were amazed just looking at the stadium, but we drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich and then went out because we drew 3-3 at home.

“We can do that with Swansea. If you look at our squad, I think we have a team who can disturb a lot of teams in Europe — even some big clubs in big leagues.

“But in a competition like this you also have to be careful.

“If you have one bad night you can be out, so first we have to concentrate on Malmo.”

Laudrup has only been in South Wales for a little over a year now, having arrived at Swansea last June from Liga outfit Real Mallorca to replace previous manager Brendan Rodgers after the Northern Irishman had agreed to move to Liverpool.

And in his debut campaign at the club, the 49-year-old managed to guide the top-flight minnows to an impressive top-ten finish in the Premier League, and so beating their previous league finish under Rodgers, while the Dane also led the Swans to their first-ever trophy.


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