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Laudrup hails ‘perfect’ Swansea after Europa League win

The Liberty Stadium outfit beat Malmo 4-0 in their Europa League qualifier on Thursday night, with new signing Wilfried Bony grabbing a brace.

The Welsh club were in European action for the first time since 1991, but were never under threat in a one-sided game against the Scandinavian visitors.

The home crowd will have been impressed with the dynamics of the Swans’ side, with new faces slotting into the team alongside last season’s mainstays.

Spanish forward Michu opened the scoring after 37 minutes, while Ivorian forward Wilfried Bony, signed from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer, banged in a quick-fire brace in four second-half minutes.

Fellow debutant Alejandro Pozuelo, who moved to the Welsh side from Real Betis this summer, got his name on the scoresheet in the dying minutes to complete the rout.

Jonjo Shelvey made an impressive debut in midfield, while Jose Canas also came off the bench to make his Swansea bow.

Manager Michal Laudrup was delighted with his team’s performance, and rightly so.

“It’s very difficult not to be very satisfied with that. Perfect isn’t often used in football, but that was about as close as you can get tonight . Two goals from our new striker, Michu is back scoring, no goals conceded and no injuries either.

“And if we win 4-0, despite the team not knowing each other that well at this stage, it can’t be a bad night.”

The Danish coach also stated that the club intended to field strong sides in the competition this season, after a prolonged absence from the European fold.

“It has been 22 years – a long time – for the club and many of them have never played in Europe. It's important for us all to try and go as far as we can – but we must take one step at a time.”

Swansea have proved a difficult opponent for all-comers since being promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago. Their exciting brand of passing football has captivated the nation, and they were good value for their cup success last term.

On first sight, Laudrup’s recruitment policy this summer has been spot on, and he has brought in players that can help the Welsh outfit to progress in their development.

The attacking prospect of Michu and Bony is one that will give Premier League defences severe headaches this term. The Spaniard was a revelation in his debut campaign in England, and now has a strike partner capable of matching the 18 league goals he netted last term.

Swansea must however be careful of spreading themselves too thin, as competing on two fronts can lead to player fatigue and a subsequent drop in performance.

That said, it is an exciting time to be a fan of the Welsh side, who embark on another campaign of adventure mixing it with the English and now European elite.

image: © swans100

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