Nov 28, 2013 at 8.05pm UK at ​Liberty Stadium
SwanseaSwansea City
0-1
Valencia

Rangel (5'), Vazquez (81'), Shelvey (86')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Parejo (20')
Guardado (53'), Jonas (61'), Parejo (70')

Michael Laudrup eager to qualify for Europa League knockout stage

Swansea City coach Michael Laudrup says that confirming progress from the group stage of the Europa League this evening will ease problems with a congested fixture list.

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has expressed his eagerness to confirm qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League this evening.

The Welsh side will book their place in the last 32 if they take at least a point from their clash with Valencia, whom they beat 3-0 at the Mestalla in September.

If St Gallen fail to beat Kuban Krasnodar in the early game, then the Swans will be through before kickoff at the Liberty Stadium.

However, Laudrup said that they will be going for the result against Los Che regardless of what happens in Russia.

"We still need something, depending on what happens in the early game, but we have the chance to go into the next stage - and the sooner, the better," the Dane told The Mirror. "If we can do it on Thursday then we know we will move on.

"For less than three months we can think exclusively about the Premier League, which is our main thing. We have 12 games in 43 days coming up and there's a huge difference between going there knowing we have already qualified and playing for first or second and playing to be in or out.

"The last thing I want is to have to go to St Gallen on December 12 with three, four or five degrees below zero and play for qualification in 90 minutes."

Swansea travel to Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Pablo Hernandez of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium on August 17, 2013
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