PREVIEW: Swans v Malmo
1st August 2013
The Swans begin their Europa League campaign on Thursday when they welcome Malmo to the Liberty Stadium (7.45pm).
Michael Laudrup's men take on the Swedish side in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie - the first time the Swans have featured in Europe since 1991.
The last time they took part in continental competition, French giants Monaco secured a 10-1 aggregate win in the Cup Winners' Cup.
But following last year's Capital One Cup triumph, Laudrup's men begin their European journey with tonight's first leg clash against Malmo.
The visitors are already halfway through their domestic season in Sweden, and currently sit second in the Allsvenskan.
And they progressed to this stage of the competition after securing a 9-0 aggregate win over Scottish side Hibernian in the last qualifying round.
What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We are up against a good side that are in the middle of their domestic season, so they will be match fit.
"They have also played a lot of games with the same group of players, so they are comfortable with one another.
"But I have great confidence in my squad. It's a two-legged game, and it isn't all about tomorrow.
"Of course we'll try and win the game but it is important not to concede any away goals as well because they can prove crucial."
Malmo boss Rikard Norling: "From one perspective, Swansea being favourites is a positive for us. We have as a club good experience of playing international games.
"But they play in the Premier League, which is the best league in Europe, the best league in the world.
"They have signed three players who would cost the same amount as Malmo's annual budget. This is the reality."
** You can keep right up to date with tonight's action by following updates on the official website or via Twitter with @SwansOfficial