Michael Laudrup: 'Progress most important'

Michael Laudrup manager of Swansea City motivates his team during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on October 6, 2013
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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says that his side's qualification into the next round of the Europa League is the most important thing despite defeat in their final group game.

Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup has said that his side's qualification into the next round of the Europa League is the most important thing, despite a 1-0 defeat in their final group game.

Swansea were beaten by St Gallen thanks to an 80th-minute goal from Marco Mathys, though they still achieved progress into the next round as Kuban Krasnodar were held at Valencia.

"At the end the most important thing is that we are through," said the Swansea manager after the game.

"How much of an achievement is it for this club? It's not me that you need to ask, but I hope it is huge for Swansea football club.

"We don't know when Swansea will be in Europe again, and I think sometimes we don't appreciate these things when they are happening. I think the same with the cup last year — maybe in three or four years, people will think back and be happy about what we have done."

Swansea now turn their attention back to the Premier League as they face Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

Swansea City's Danish manager Michael Laudrup takes his seat in the dugout prior to the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Southampton on April 20, 2013
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