Pablo Hernandez believes Swansea City can rattle up the airmiles in their continental adventure – but admits they face a tricky route to reach the group stages.
The Swans host Swedish side Malmo in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg on Thursday (August 1) in what will be the first European tie to be staged at the Liberty Stadium since it was built in 2005.
Hernandez has huge experience of playing in continental competition, having played in both the Europa League and Champions League during his time with Valencia.
Having already gone up against the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Leverkusen in European competition, Hernandez has faced some of the continent’s highest-profile clubs.
And the Spanish international, who helped Valencia reach the Europa League semi-finals in April 2012, feels the Swans can make their own special story in the competition if they can progress through the qualifying and play-off rounds.
“It’s very tough in this competition,” points out Hernandez. “Just to get to the group stages can be very, very tricky.
“I’ve played in both the European competitions and teams make it very hard for you, and Malmo will be looking to do that on Thursday.
“It will be a good experience for us – a lot of the squad haven’t played in Europe before.
“But I think we can go far in this competition. We certainly have the quality in the squad now to progress and I think our style of play is important too.
“How far can we go? We will see. But if we can get through the first couple of rounds then I have the confidence in this team that we can go far.”
With the Swans given home advantage in the first leg, Hernandez believes it is vital the Swans take a positive result to Sweden in the return tie seven days later.
He added: “With the game being over two legs, you want to make the most of playing at home in the first game.
“But we have confidence in ourselves that we can progress.
“Malmo did very well in the last round against Hibernian. I think it was a result that hit the headlines.
“They are a big threat, but we will have the Liberty behind us and our fans make an amazing atmosphere.
“I think it will be another special atmosphere for the players, the fans, and the club.
“And hopefully it will be a night to remember too.”
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