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No let up from Swans, says Laudrup

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16:32 28th August 2013

. . . boss looks ahead to Thursday's clash in Ploiesti


Michael Laudrup insists there will be no let up from his side as they look to rubber-stamp their place in the group stages of the Europa League.

The Swans face Petrolul Ploiesti on Thursday in the second leg of their play-off round tie (6.30 UK time), holding a 5-1 lead from last week’s clash at the Liberty Stadium.

After two successive defeats at the start of the Premier League campaign, Laudrup’s men will be hoping to get back to winning ways in Romania.

And the Dane says his players will be focussing on winning the game rather than having one eye on the next stage of the competition.

“Like when we travelled to Malmo, it’s important that we get a positive result and to win the game,” said Laudrup. “We don’t want to lose, so I can guarantee we won’t be relaxed.

“For a club like us, and with our players, we want to go on and reach the group stages.

“In football there are miracles once in a while. And that normally happens when you have the wrong attitude.

“But we will be competitive and professional throughout.”

The Swans travelled to Romania without a host of first-team players, including the likes of Ashley Williams, Wilfried Bony and Jonjo Shelvey.

Laudrup’s men face West Brom in the Premier League less than 48 hours after Thursday’s clash, and the Swans boss knows the task his side face in Eastern Europe.

“They have nothing to lose,” he said. “I’m sure they will go forward and try to get an early goal, and we have to make sure we are ready from the first minute.”

If the Swans progress on Thursday, the draw for the group stages takes place in Monaco this Friday lunchtime.

With a host of top European clubs joining the fray, Laudrup knows the importance of finishing the job in Romania before looking ahead to a further six games.

“We have to take it step by step,” he said. “I said from the beginning last season that I like the cup competitions.

“Teams who can win the league always have a chance in the cups, and we proved that by winning the Capital One Cup last year.

“Hopefully we’ll go on and have another six games in the competition and that is great for the present and future of this club.”

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