Chico Flores: Swansea City are eyeing Europa League knockouts
CHICO Flores insists there will be no let up from Swansea City against Kuban Krasnodar as they look to race into the Europa League knockout stages.
Swansea host the Russians on Thursday aiming to continue their 100 per cent record in the competition.
Michael Laudrup's side have beaten Valencia and St Gallen in their opening two Group A games.
Another victory would put them on the verge of reaching the tournament's last 32 with three pool games still to play.
And Flores says Swansea intend to secure their spot in the next stage as quickly as possible.
"We feel very confident for the next game," said Flores.
"We recognise that if we can win the next game we have a big chance to qualify.
"That will take some pressure off the rest of the games and help us cope with the demands of playing so many matches.
"We need to qualify as soon as we can so some players can have a rest."
Flores has partnered Jordi Amat in central defence in recent matches as Ashley Williams battles to overcome an ankle injury.
But there is a suggestion that the skipper is not far away from a return.
"The most important thing is the team, so it doesn't matter who is playing next to me," said Flores.
"I have spent time playing with Jordi for the last few games because Ashley has not been very lucky with injuries.
"But we are a group of four (centre-backs), with Garry Monk as well. We are doing well as a group and I just want to play for the team."
The former Genoa defender is in his second season at Swansea after arriving in a £2.5 million switch 15 months ago.
Flores's time in Swansea began shakily as he was sent off against Sunderland in just his third game for the club.
But the 26-year-old scored his first Premier League goal as Swansea beat the Black Cats 4-0 last weekend.
"I feel more settled here as it's my second season," he said.
"But ever since I've arrived I've felt good in Swansea.
"Swansea feels like home because of the way the players and the fans have treated me.
"I feel really good since I've been here."
Phil Bardsley put through his own net, while Jonathan de Guzman and Wilfried Bony had also scored before Flores netted his first Premier League goal to round off a comfortable win.
He turned in de Guzman's corner — with the aid of a deflection off Steve Fletcher — to register for the first time since netting against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup last season.
"I'm very happy with the goal, but it is not the most important thing, taking three points is," Flores added.
"It is my first goal at the Liberty so I'm really happy about that.
"I scored away at Liverpool in the cup last year, but it was great to get one in front of the Swansea fans."