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Laudrup pleased with Europa League draw

Swansea will travel to either Sweden or Scotland

By | 19th July 2013
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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has said that he is “pleased” with his side’s Europa League draw as the club prepares for their first ever season in the competition. The Swans will play either Swedish side Malmo or Scottish side Hibernian, depending on who wins the tie between the two. The Swedes are currently 2-0 up after the first leg, making them the current favorites to take on the Swans.

“I’m pleased with the draw,” the Swansea boss told the club’s official website. “It was important for me that we avoided a long trip and the prospect of difficult weather conditions. Sweden or Scotland is perfect for us geographically.

“We also know the playing styles of both teams, so that is also a positive for us, although I would have preferred to be away in the first-leg rather than home. But you can’t have everything.”

The first leg will be played at the Liberty Stadium on August 1st, followed by the return leg in either Sweden or Scotland exactly a week later on August 8th.

Swansea qualified for the competition by winning last season’s Capital One Cup over Bradford City in what was a surprising and unexpected final. The club were extremely impressive all throughout the season, finishing in ninth place during their first season following promotion.

The club is competing in a European competition for the first time since 1991, and fans will be hoping that they can get past either Malmo or Hibernian, and then progress through the playoff round in order to make it to the tournament’s group stage.

The Europa League was won by fellow Premier League side Chelsea last season, and the Welsh-based club will be hoping to replicate that success with a good cup run.



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