Malmo vs Swansea by Sureseye

Malmo
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First leg ended 4-0. It was a dominance from Swansea as they went 4 goals unreplied and the Swedish side was left without any goal on target.

 

Malmo's coach must give attention to the league match where they welcome AIK in 3 days time, a team whom they jointly share 35 points with, before travelling to Kalmar, a team yet to loose at home. Hence, at least the following regular players will not feature in this clash: Matias Concha

 

(Df 7/0), Simon Thern (Mf 17/3), Simon Kroon (Mf 11/2), Ivo Pekalski (Mf 1/0), Dardan Rexhepi (Att 13/1).

 

Swansea have had a good pre-season preparation so far. They've scored freely and since allowing 1 goal when they won Exclession Maasluis 5-1, they've kept clean sheets in their next 5 matches.

 

Record signing Bony made a brace in the first leg and he's already articulating well with Michu. There is good atmosphere in the Swansea team and they are buoyed to repeat another resounding feat to keep a positive mindframe ahead of their EPL start in August 17.

 

Coach Micheal Laudrup:

 

“Last week was fantastic for us,” said Laudrup.

 

“To win 4-0 and keep a clean sheet was great – but our main target is to get to the next round.

 

“Another clean sheet would be great as we have only given away one goal in pre-season, and winning and not conceding goals is fantastic.

 

“But most importantly, I want to see another good performance from us before we start the Premier League season.”

 

“I’m looking at Thursday’s game in different ways,” said Laudrup.

 

“Even though we had a lot of the ball last week, they (Malmo) were well organised in the first half, and we know that there will be a part of the game on Thursday where we won’t be so dominant.

 

“We haven’t given away a lot in pre-season, even against the better sides that we have played.

 

“Every manager is in the same position at this stage, wondering if their team is in the right way ahead of the new season. But after 10 days in Holland I could already see that we were in better shape (than last year).”

 

Captain Ashley Williams:

 

“But the only way we can go into the game against Malmo tomorrow is to forget the score from the first leg and work on the performance.

 

“We are going out to win the game, but the performance of the team is just as important to us.”

 

Angel Rangel whose superb pass played a key part in Bony’s second goal in the first leg:

 

“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.

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