Swansea City's Gerhard Tremmel will 'kick backsides' if required against Kuban Krasnodar
GERHARD Tremmel is pledging to "kick backsides" if Swansea City fail to focus when they face Kuban Krasnodar tonight.
Tremmel has warned that Swansea's Europa League pool could easily be blown wide open if they do not deliver this evening.
Swansea top Group A having made a superb start to Continental competition, beating both Valencia and St Gallen after breezing through two preliminary ties.
Now Michael Laudrup's side face Russian outfit Kuban Krasnodar at the Liberty knowing another victory would put them within sight of the knockout stages.
But Tremmel is aware that defeat would mean Swansea's qualification hopes are back in the balance.
It would ensure that Kuban trail Laudrup's men by just three points — and present Valencia with an opportunity to move level at the summit if they can win at home to St Gallen tonight.
"After beating St Gallen we have six points with another home game and if we win it I think we're almost there to get into the last 32," said Tremmel.
"From then on they are two-legged final games and you never know.
"I think we're in a good position first of all, but we're not there yet.
"I can assure you 100 per cent I will kick backsides if people aren't doing their jobs.
"Everyone expected us to win against St Gallen but you can see you can lose against any teams.
"I keep focused on the next game. If we win it then we will speak about different things."
Swansea stunned The Mestalla as they beat Valencia 3-0 last month before grinding out a 1-0 home win over St Gallen.
That game provided an illustration of the problems even less high-profile European teams can pose.
"We were quite lucky against Valencia in that they had a man sent off early on," said Tremmel.
"We played well, I don't want to take that away, but it was a great opportunity for us to get points there because it could have been a different game.
"If the attitude is wrong you cannot correct it on the pitch. You're going to lose. There's not much chance you're going to get a result.
"But our attitude is actually very good in every game.
"You can change little things in the game. If you see a player is not doing that well you can push him or motivate him a bit.
"I know the characters of the players. Sometimes players need a slap and sometimes they are trying to do well and then you have to get them to concentrate on the easy stuff."
Tremmel looks set to be given another opportunity to play tonight, with first-choice keeper Michel Vorm expected to be named among the substitutes.
The German has started in three of Swansea's four European games so far and also played in the Capital One Cup defeat at Birmingham.
"I'm happy when the manager picks me, it shows he trusts me and believes in me," said Tremmel.
"I know when I'm playing a few days before so I can always prepare myself.
"At the start of the season I had it in my mind that I was going to play, then I wasn't picked and it wasn't good for me.
"So I said to myself not to have any expectations about playing. If I'm picked I'm delighted and I'll try my best."
Tremmel joined Swansea after leaving Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg and impressing during a trial spell two years ago.
His former club are also in the Europa League this season and currently top Group C.
"There are a few staff members and a few players that I've played with still there and they are a good side," added the 34-year-old.
"I think we are a stronger team, but Red Bull are the top team of the Austrian league.
"They are a very good team, a hard-working team with a good manager, but I don't regret being here.
"I don't want to get them in the last 32 — maybe we can play them in the final."