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Laudrup: Swansea in the dark over Petrolul

22 August 2013 10:52

Swansea City's players will not know any their counterparts from Petrolul Ploiesti, according to manager Michael Laudrup.

Laudrup's men meet the Romanian side at the Liberty Stadium in the UEFA Europa League play-offs on Thursday.

The Dane thinks a lack of knowledge will put his Swansea side at a disadvantage, while Petrolul will be much more aware of their task coming into the fixture.

"When you play in the Premier (League) we all know each other. But I don’t think any of my players will have heard of them – not any one of their team," said Laudrup.

"We all know who Robin van Persie, Aaron Lennon and Mousa Dembele are. But no-one knows Gheorghe Grozav, (Hamza) Younes or the other guys.

"It's not being disrespectful, but the less you know an opponent, the more work you have to do."

Laudrup also warned his players not to treat the Liga I side lightly.

"Eight years ago who knew of teams like Shakhtar Donetsk and then suddenly they are a huge team," said the former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax midfielder.

"Who knew Cluj? They were in the group stages of the Champions League and close to the knockout stages.

"That’s the way it is with teams from the east. I don’t want to become victim of a team that was not so well known."

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Info

Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
22 August 2013
Kick-off
20:05
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
5 - 1
On aggregate
6 - 3
Venue
Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
Attendance
12590

Goals

W. Routledge 14'
(assist by J. Shelvey) 
1 - 0
Michu 22'  
2 - 0
W. Routledge 25'
(assist by Pablo Hernández) 
3 - 0
W. Bony 58'
(assist by Michu) 
4 - 0
Pozuelo 70'
(assist by Michu) 
5 - 0
5 - 1
87' G. Grozav
 (assist by Guilherme)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24 70'
20
2
14
21
25
29
# Player Bookings
10
20
99
23
52
91

Friday 29 August

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