Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup believes that all the pressure will be on the Valencia on Thursday evening when the two sides meet in their opening Europa League group stage match, Sky
Valencia are clear favourites to progress in a section that also contains Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, who defeated Motherwell in qualifying, and Swiss club St. Gallen. However, they have endured a tough start to the new season under new manager Miroslav Djukic, finding themselves 16th in La Liga with just three points from four games.
And Laudrup thinks that his side are capable of making the most of Valencia’s struggles at the Mestalla, insisting that the pressure will be on the Spaniards to win the game and end their poor form.
He said: “They have had only one win in four games and on Sunday they play Sevilla, so it’s a difficult moment for them. We have to do our best and, if we do that, I think we have a good chance. The Valencia fans have been used to seeing great players and great teams at their club.
“Let’s see how they react to where they are now, because in their minds Valencia are way beyond Swansea, even though we play in the Premier League. With all these small things and the moment they are in, let’s see if we can take advantage.’
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