The way they play, they were always going to cause problems in Europe.
No-one can deny just how big a result Swansea’s 3-0 win against the Mestalla was for the club last night.
Their first outing in the Europa League raised a few eyebrows because of the scale of their victory and just how much better they were than their opponents.
The way Swansea have retained the ball was always going to be significant in Europe, and that showed. Control of games in European competition will more than likely reap rewards, Swansea’s ability to retain the ball one, along with the tactical ability of Michael Laudrup will be big factors in determining how far they can go in this season’s competition.
They will not be getting ahead of themselves and no-one should take away any credit from Laudrup’s men, as they did their homework on Valencia.
In their past three La Liga games, Valencia have also conceded three times and their defence has looked fragile at centre-half.
Wifried Bony and Michu worked the two centre-halves very hard last night, in fact make that three because Adil Rami was given his marching orders ten minutes in for a foul on Bony.
The pace of Bony and the movement gave the back line constant headaches and as so long as they stay fit they could take Swansea far in this competition, and it’s doubtful that Laudrup will ‘sacrifice’ in order to get a better league position, which ironically could land them back in the same competition.
This shouldn’t be regarded as a fluke, there is real potential for Swansea to raise a few eyebrows in this competition this season especially given how much they have managed to progress over the past three years.
It'd be surprising if they didn't get out of their group, and if they do make it to the knock-out stages, it will be fascinating to see Laudrup's set-up for two-legged ties.
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