Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has heaped praise upon his side after Valencia were dispatched 3-0 at their Mestalla stadium in the opening Europa League group game, Sky
The Swans went to Spain with six Spanish players in their starting XI and saw the hosts go down to 10 men after 10 minutes when centre-back Adil Rani was sent off for bringing down Wilfried Bony. Bony quickly put the Welsh side in front, netting for the fifth time in his first eight Swansea games, while goals from Michu and a stunning Jonathan de Guzman free-kick wrapped up the win.
“It was a fantastic game,” Laudrup said. “Of course a red card early in the game has an influence but in my many years in football I have seen sides go down to 10 at home in these kind of games and still win. But we dominated the game from the first minute to the last minute.
“We scored three goals, and before the second we had two or three huge chances to score and it could have been even more. I am very pleased about winning here against a big side like Valencia,” the manager added.
Valencia were top seeds of a group that also contains Swiss side St. Gallen and Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar, but Laudrup feels the inaugural victory puts his side in a strong position for the forthcoming fixtures. “It sets us up for the next five games,” he said. “No-one expected us to get three points in Valencia and now we have the next two games at home.”
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