Neil Taylor says Swansea City have depth to juggle Premier League and Europa League
NEIL Taylor insists Swansea City have the strength in depth to cope with the dual demands of Premier League and European football.
The Swans all but secured their place in the Europa League group stage with a 5-1 thrashing of Petrolul Ploiesti in Thursday’s first leg of their play-off tie.
Michael Laudrup’s men now face a trip to Tottenham on Sunday, their first taste of playing a Premier League game just three days after a European encounter.
Spurs were also in action on Thursday, brushing Dinamo Tbilisi aside 5-0 in Georgia to gain a firm upper hand in their Europa League play-off.
Both sides will be expected to make some changes to their teams on Sunday and, asked if the Swans’ fixture congestion will influence their season, Taylor has no doubts.
“Massively. It defined Newcastle’s season,” he said, referring to the Magpies’ struggle to juggle a Europa League campaign with their domestic commitments last term.
“You have to have a big squad and be prepared. You have to rotate, simple as that.
“We got back at 3am from Malmo (in the previous round) so coming back from Romania will be further again, and you have to be prepared to rotate and have the players to do it.
“I think we have. It’s what we want to do. We want to be going all over Europe and testing ourselves.”
Taylor is a case in point of Swansea’s ability to rotate their squad.
The left-back played 90 minutes in the win over Petrolul, as he continued to step up his recovery from a broken and dislocated ankle last season.
Taylor and Ben Davies have shared the left-back slot this season, and it looks like the two Welsh internationals will continue to do so for the rest of the campaign.
It may be that Davies is restored to the team to face Tottenham on Sunday, and Taylor expects a tough encounter.
“They look really strong. They have spent a lot of money,” he said.
“I thought if they got in the Champions League that’s when they would spend a lot. They didn’t but they still spent it.
“They have definitely strengthened and it looks like they will strengthen again.
“We’ll have to see what team comes out. We have already seen from Manchester United that quality can tell.
“We have a quality team as well. Hopefully after Thursday we can get a big lift from the win and we go there and have a right go.”