Michael Laudrup demands Swansea City response
MICHAEL Laudrup has demanded that Swansea City respond to their Manchester United mauling by shutting out Petrolul Ploiesti tomorrow night.
Swansea get the chance to flush out the disappointment of defeat on the opening day of the Premier League season when they turn their attention back to the Europa League.
It is a key game for Laudrup’s men as they look to hit their primary European target of reaching the competition’s group stage.
And Laudrup reckons a clean sheet will be key with the second leg of the play-off tie to come in Romania next week.
“What you can say after what happened against Manchester United is that we have to try even harder not to concede any goals against Petrolul Ploiesti,” said the Swansea manager.
“We have to come back from last Saturday with a clean sheet.
“If we can then score one then okay that’s good, if we get two then that will be great.
“It’s the same approach we took against Malmo, but we want that clean sheet even more because of what happened against United.”
The momentum built up through pre-season and in the two-legged European tie against Malmo slowed considerably after the United setback.
Swansea had gone into the game full of confidence, but the champions’ ruthless finishing left Ashley Williams and Co licking wounds.
The challenge now is to restore belief ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with the team who currently lie fifth in the Romanian Premier League.
“We just have to put Manchester United behind us,” Laudrup added.
“I think we have done that because after the game I said to the players ‘Let’s move on’.
“There are some tactical things we need to look at — there were a couple of situations before United scored where we could have done a little better.
“They really punished us, and when you play the top teams that happens.
“The next team are another good team, but it’s not Manchester United.”
Ploiesti are unbeaten in five league games so far this season, and saw off Vitesse Arnhem — Wilfried Bony’s former club — in the previous round thanks to a shock win in Holland.