Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has warned his players about the “spirit” of Thursday’s Europa League opponents St Gallen, reports the BBC.
“I’m looking forward to a difficult game for us and even if we are doing well we have to keep an eye on this spirit they have,” said Laudrup. “They [St Gallen] don’t have the big stars but they are really working hard,” said Laudrup.
“They were really underdogs against Spartak Moscow in the [Europa] play-offs. They were 1-0 down in Russia after 51 seconds and they were really out-played for 20 minutes and then suddenly after 35 minutes they were 3-1 up. So it shows a lot of character in this team.
St Gallen have only played one Premier League team in their history, eliminating Chelsea in the first round of the UEFA Cup in 2000. They also beat Russian side Kuban Krasnodar 2-0 at home in their opening Europa League Group A game this season.
The Premier League side will go into the game without injured trio captain Ashley Williams, Garry Monk (knee) and Pablo Hernandez (thigh). And the club could be stripped of the services of Angel Rangel, who is being monitored by the club’s medical team after injuring an ankle in training.
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