The Swans boss argues that there is not too much difference between his side and the Spanish giants at the moment and expects all the pressure to be on their Europa League hosts
The Capital One Cup winners, also drawn alongside Kuban Krasnodar and St Gallen in Group A, travel to Mestalla on Thursday and the Dane believes that facing one of the competition's most fancied sides early on will allow them to play without pressure.
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"This is only the first of six games and my experience in these group stages is that the important games are your home games. If you win your three home games, then you are through, I think that's it.
"This is probably the most difficult of the six games we face so we have a lot to win and not so much to lose but let's see.
"I am quite confident. I don't think the gap between the two teams right now is that big."
Swansea will be without defender Neil Taylor and former Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez, while Leon Britton serves a one-match ban following his red card against Petrolul Ploiesti in the play-off round.