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The Spanish centre-back has been pleased with the Welsh side's performances in Europe so far this season, but is keen to secure another win against Kuban Krasnodar

Swansea City defender Chico Flores has stressed the importance of defeating Kuban Krasnodar in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The Swans have posted back-to-back victories over Valencia and St Gallen to leave them on top of Group A, and will host the Russian outfit knowing a victory will put them on the verge of reaching the last 32.

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And Flores – who admits juggling continental fixtures with the club's league and cup commitments has not been easy – wants Swansea to qualify as soon as possible, in order to give players some much-needed rest.

"We feel very confident for the next game. We recognise that if we can win the next game we have a big chance to qualify," the 26-year-old told WalesOnline.

"That will take some pressure off the rest of the games and help us cope with the demands of playing so many matches.

"We need to qualify as soon as we can so some players can have a rest."

Flores has played every minute of Swansea's 13 matches in the Premier League and Europa League this season.