Europa League good for Premier League form, believes Swansea captain Williams

Ashley Williams believes Swansea City’s success in the Europa League will have a positive effect on their Premier League form, BBC Sport has reported.

Swansea booked their place in the play-off round with a 4-0 aggregate win over Swedish side Malmo on Thursday evening, drawing 0-0 in Sweden after a 4-0 win at the Liberty Stadium. And Williams believes that playing competitively so early in the season will be a boon to the club’s domestic chances, starting with the opening day – which sees Swansea travel to Old Trafford to play Manchester United.

It was a good night for us, especially going into the Manchester United game. Playing on their home pitch was tougher than last week,” the Wales captain said. “Nil-nil away from home is always a good result, especially in our first away game in Europe.

Not to concede any goals was good and we had a few chances to score,” Williams continued. “That’s what we’re talking about, being more ruthless and trying to finish off teams. They were flying in with a few tackles and so were we. It just shows what it means to the players.

We had a great away following and wanted to show to them that we were playing to win the tie – even though we were 4-0 up.

Swansea qualified for European competition by virtue of their League Cup win last season, dispatching League Two Bradford City 5-0 in the final at Wembley.

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