Michel Vorm: Europa League is helping Swansea City grow
MICHEL Vorm insists Swansea City's European adventure will help them progress as a team and a club.
Michael Laudrup's men return to Europa League action when Swiss side St Gallen visit the Liberty on Thursday.
Though Swansea have shone in the competition so far, some have suggested the extra workload has affected their top-flight form.
But Vorm refuses to complain about the demands of a tournament that he believes can take Swansea to the next level.
"We have a few injuries which is disappointing, but we have coped quite well and I don't think we feel tired," said the Swansea goalkeeper. "If we want to grow as a team and a club we want to play in Europe.
"We have to make sure we are fit to play all those games."
Ashley Williams and Angel Rangel were injured for last Saturday's defeat by Arsenal.
And the experienced pair could also be missing in two days' time, meaning Jordi Amat and Dwight Tiendalli may again be asked to deputise.
"Ash is very important for us and Angel is also a player with a lot of experience," said Vorm.
"Jordi Amat hasn't played that many games yet, he is young and has to focus on his own game.
"Ash is a leader, of the team, of the group, on the pitch and off the pitch.
"We talk a lot during a game and for me he is one of the best in the Premier League.
"It's hard when he's missing, but he is injured and we have to cope with it."
With Williams and Rangel sidelined along with Garry Monk and Leon Britton only a substitute, Vorm was named captain against Arsenal.
And he may wear the armband again on Thursday if Britton does not start.
"I talk quite a lot anyway, but it's so hard when you're not an outfield player because there are some players that you can't reach," he said.
"When we have a corner kick or a few minutes I try to talk to the guys, but other players have to stand up.
"We need to communicate a bit better."
Swansea matched Arsenal in the first half but fell behind to a Serge Gnabry goal early in the second period.
Aaron Ramsey then doubled that advantage before Ben Davies managed a late consolation.
"We have to analyse this and learn from it," said Vorm.
"If you look at last Saturday, the possession game was okay, but we didn't create much.
"And if you don't create you must make sure you don't concede.
"If you concede one, you can't concede again straight afterwards.
"It was quite similar against Manchester United.
"If you are not 100 per cent concentrated in these few minutes you get punished."
The reverse means Swansea have taken just one point from their opening three home matches.
But they have played three of the Premier League's top teams in Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
And Swansea have recorded heavy home European victories against both Malmo and Petrolul Ploiesti.
"We have played some of the big sides, but in he past we have made it a bit more difficult for them at home," added Vorm.
"That's something I think we have to do.
"We won't forget that we've played against some of the big teams, but you need good home form to do well in the league.
"When we play out next league game at home against Sunderland, we have to go for the win."