Rangel: No easing up
7th August 2013
The Swans flew out to Malmo today for their Europa League second leg qualifier, with Angel Rangel insisting: "There will be no easing up."
Michael Laudrup's side take a 4-0 lead to Sweden for their return match on Thursday evening (6.45pm UK time) thanks to goals from Michu, Wilfried Bony (2) and Alejandro Pozuelo in a convincing display at the Liberty last week.
But Rangel, whose superb pass played a key part in Bony's second goal in the first leg, is adamant the Swans head to Malmo determined to finish the job with another polished display at the Swedbank Stadion.
"We played very well in the first leg and we have got a big advantage in the scoreline," said the Spaniard. "But we still have a job to do out in Sweden.
"This group of players certainly won't be heading out there thinking it's all over - there will be no easing up. Malmo are at home and they will want to put in a strong performance.
"Every player in this squad knows that they have a massive challenge to be included in the manager's starting XI, so every opportunity we get we must take.
"You look around the squad and there is a lot of quality in every position, so whoever gets to play in Sweden will be looking to impress.
"And we know we will have fantastic support out there - as we do in every away game.
"But we appreciate our fans have spent a lot of money to get to Sweden to support us, and we want to put in a performance that will send them home happy."
With the opening Barclays Premier League fixture with Manchester United at the Liberty on Saturday, August 17, the Swans also hope a positive performance and result in Malmo will continue building their momentum towards the clash with the league champions.
Rangel added: "The pre-season has gone very well for us, and that really showed in the first leg against Malmo.
"I don't think I've seen the squad as fit as they have been at this stage of the season before.
"So we are feeling very good and positive, and I think it's important that we come away from Malmo with a performance and result that continues the good work we have already put in before we start the league season.
"It will give us an excellent platform to start the season."
Meanwhile, club record signing Wilfried Bony has been called up by the Ivory Coast for a friendly against Mexico on Wednesday, August 14 at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.