Today's media round-up
5th August 2013
With an impressive 4-0 first leg win over Malmo in the Europa League third qualifying round, the focus has moved onto the Swans' trip to Sweden this week in the media.
Michael Laudrup has talked about how he feels his squad can deal with juggling Europa League commitments and the demands of the Barclays Premier League, while captain Ashley Williams believes the Swans' pre-season preparations have ensured they are in top shape.
Midfielder Leon Britton, meanwhile, has praised the quality of the squad assembled by Laudrup and the strength in depth at his disposal following an injection of summer signings.
Laudrup claims squad are ready for Europa League and Premier League run
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup admits the depth in his squad will really tell in the middle of the season.
Laudrup has almost an embarrassment of riches at his disposal after a busy summer recruiting the likes of £12m striker Wilfried Bony, £5m midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Spanish trio Jordi Amat, Jose Canas and Alejandro Pozuelo.
The last two were on the bench against Malmo on Thursday night - Pozuelo grabbing the final goal in an impressive 4-0 victory - while £5m signing Ki Sung-yueng and former club captain Garry Monk didn't even make it that far.
But Laudrup knows his entire squad will be needed when injuries and suspensions kick in during a long domestic and possibly European campaign.
"What I can say is that we have a lot of alternatives," said Laudrup.
"We have possibilities to make different line-ups and even different ways of playing.
"Even without the Europa League we need that depth.
"In August you can play the same team more or less in every game, but then suddenly you need the others.
"You get to the middle of the season and there are a lot of cup games - and that's without the Europa League."
Laudrup must now decide whether to rotate his squad for Thursday's return leg in Sweden, the tie all but over after Malmo were put to the sword in South Wales.
Chico Flores, Neil Taylor, Canas and Pozuelo will be among those hoping to get a starting spot at the Swedbank Stadion.
But Laudrup said: "I don't look at resting players - we have only played one game.
"But if I am talking about the depth of the squad, we have to use all the players.
"I showed last season I would do that as I changed a lot of players in December and January.
"I have a lot of possibilities so even if I change four or five we will still have a very competitive team."
South Wales Evening Post
Williams: I've never had a pre-season this good before
Ashley Williams admits he has a tantalising sense of excitement about the new campaign.
Despite being linked with a move away from the Liberty this summer, with Liverpool and Arsenal believed to be admirers, Williams is looking forward to his seventh campaign in South Wales.
He has been handed the captaincy after Garry Monk passed on the armband during the close season.
And the Welsh international revealed he has high expectations about what the next nine months could bring.
"I am excited. I think pre-season's gone really well and you're almost scared to admit that you think we're going to be good this season," said Williams.
"We've progressed every year and I've never had a pre-season this good before. We've scored a lot of goals and haven't conceded many. "Things are going well so I am excited - but I don't want to say that and jinx it."
Swansea delivered an impressive statement of intent with a 4-0 Europa League trouncing of Malmo last week.
The Swedish side, fancied by some because they are midway through their season and thrashed Hibernian in the previous round, were dispatched in devastating fashion.
Though Swansea still have a return match in Scandinavia to contend with, it would take a collapse of staggering proportions not to see them progress in the tournament.
"It was really good. We're proud to be in European competition and in a way it was the perfect night for us. It is something we can celebrate, four goals scored, a clean sheet, and on top of that a good performance," said Williams.
"We want to go as far as we can in the competition, we've said that all along.
"Maybe in the season it's going to catch up with us. I've never been involved in Europe before, but sometimes it looks that way with other teams.
"We planned for that game, we wanted to win it and we did.
"It's nice to come into the Liberty and see the Europa League signs on the door.
"I never thought we'd make a Euro competition so it's something to be proud of."
Britton backs the Swans to take off
Swansea ace Leon Britton has warned Manchester United and the rest of the Premier League: You ain't seen nothing yet!
Michael Laudrup's men were brilliant on Thursday as they kicked off their Europa League campaign by crushing Swedish side Malmo 4-0 in the home leg of their third round qualifier.
And new United boss David Moyes was in the crowd to cast an eye over the champions' opening-day opponents.
He will have been left in no doubt as to the test awaiting his side on August 17.
But midfielder Britton is convinced there is plenty more to come.
The uncapped English playmaker, 30, said: "This is the best Swansea squad I have ever seen.
"We now have genuine depth with two players for every position. That means everybody has to be at the top of their game or they will be out of the side.
"It was a very good performance against Malmo. To score four and not concede is a great result.
"It's hard to say where we are exactly at this stage of pre-season but there is more to come from this team for sure."