Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has warned his players not to let their attention drift away from their Europa League fixture with Kuban Krasnodar, BBC
The Swans have won both of their Group A games so far, while Kuban have yet to pick up any points whatsoever, and a third victory in as many games would put Swansea on the brink of reaching the next round. But Laudrup believes that any thoughts of qualification are premature – and will be punished by an opposition more dangerous than their record suggests.
“You play in Europe and if you’re not 100% you can lose. It’s so easy,” Laudrup said. “If you’re not playing your best or nearly your best it’s difficult against anyone. This team is not a bad team. They have some good players,” the former Denmark international added.
Swansea’s group campaign got off to a spectacular start with an away win over Valencia, and the Welsh club followed that victory up by beating St. Gallen at home. While Laudrup accepts that his team are favourites against the Russians, he feels that the two away games that follow will be a difficult proposition.
“We’re at home, we’ll be favourites and we’re top of the group and want to win for a lot of reasons,” Laudrup said. “The first is that getting to nine points will give us one foot, maybe one and a half feet, in the knock-out stage.
“After this game we have two difficult away games,” he continued. “We go to Russia with all the travelling and the time difference, and then Switzerland where there will be cold weather. We also have Valencia at home so this is a key game for us. I think 10 points should be enough to get us through, but we might need 11.”
Swansea qualified for the competition by virtue of winning the Capital One Cup, dispatching then League Two side Bradford City 5-0 at Wembley.
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