Michael Laudrup wary of St Gallen threat

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup on the touchline during his team's Europa League group match against Valencia on September 19, 2013
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Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup says that the team are wary of their next Europa League opponents, Swiss side St Gallen.

Michael Laudrup has said that Swansea City's next Europa League opponents, St Gallen, have shown "a lot of character" to reach the group stage of the tournament.

The club, who play at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow, finished third in the Swiss Super League last season to secure a spot in Europe, knocking out Spartak Moscow in their playoff in August.

The Swansea manager told Sky Sports News: "They don't have the big stars but they really work hard. They were underdogs against Spartak, a side who have played in the Champions League.

"Suddenly they went 3-1 up, so it shows they have a lot character, it will be a difficult game and a game where even if we're doing well we have to keep an eye on the spirit in their squad.

"They play differently than us, a little more direct at times, but they have really done well against the Russians so I want to repeat we have to be careful. We are at home, we have to try and control the game, but be aware of counter-attacks and their spirit."

Swansea beat Valencia 3-0 in their first group stage game, while St Gallen won 2-0 against Kuban Krasnodar.

Swansea's Alejandro Pozuelo in action during the Europa League match against FC Petrolul Ploiesti on August 22, 2013
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