Coach Cosmin Contra demands improved Petrolul Ploiesti performance
PETROLUL Ploiesti head coach Cosmin Contra insists the gap between his side and Swansea City is not as great as Thursday night suggested.
The Romanian’s were thumped 5-1 in a Europa League play-off first leg match at the Liberty.
Swansea also hit the bar twice, while Petrolul’s reply came as a late consolation.
But Contra reckons the visitors produced a below par performance.
“I have no explanation,” he said.
“There is a big difference between English and Romanian football, but I don’t believe that the gulf is that big.
“It always helps to have an away goal and it does give us some chance for the return, maybe five per cent.
“Last night was not the team that I’ve seen since the beginning of the season.
“The difference in the players that they paid millions for was always going to be important.
“We don’t have much chance to qualify, but my players must play to the potential that I know they have.”