Swansea boss Laudrup relieved with Europa League draw

The Swans, who are set for their first-ever European campaign, will face opposition in either Sweden or Scotland and the manager is pleased not to be handed an arduous journey
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has expressed his relief at learning of the club’s fate in the Europa League.

The Swans will pit their wits against either Malmo or Hibernian in the third qualifying round of the competition, with the former currently holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg.

An away visit to either Sweden or Scotland provides a shorter trip than potential ties with eastern European opposition, and the Laudrup is delighted is squad are not set for an arduous journey.

"I’m pleased with the draw," he told the club's official website.

"It was important for me that we avoided a long trip and the prospect of difficult weather conditions. Sweden or Scotland is perfect for us geographically."

Swansea have been handed a home draw in the tie first, with Liberty Stadium hosting the first leg on August 1 and the return set for August 8.

Whilst admitting he would have preferred to settle the tie with a home fixture, Laudrup is wary of both potential opposition and is sure the clash between Malmo and Hibernian will be fiercely fought on July 25.

He continued: "We also know the playing styles of both teams, so that is also a positive for us, although I would have preferred to be away in the first-leg rather than home. But you can’t have everything.

"Malmo is a huge club in Sweden with a proven record and proud history, but I’m sure Hibernian will be in there fighting until the end."