Laudrup: Europa League helps Swansea prepare for domestic season

The 49-year-old saw his side cruise to an early advantage in the first leg of their European tie against Malmo with another clean sheet and is happy with their defensive work
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is pleased with the effect that the Europa League has had on his side's preparations for the start of the Premier League.

The Swans have already started their 2013-14 campaign by taking comfortable 4-0 lead in the first leg of their continental third-round qualifier against Malmo.

And the Dane believes that the chance to play competitive football prior to start of the domestic campaign will be beneficial in their preparations to face Manchester United on Premier League opening day.

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"It's great to play these two serious games before the league starts," Laudrup told Sky Sports News following their first competitive game of the season against Swedish side Malmo.

"It's great for us to play a very important competition rather than two friendlies. I was happy to start now because of this. We can use these games as preparation for the Premier League.

"We know cup competitions are important but the Premier League is our daily bread. It is where we want to be and it is where we want to consolidate ourselves as a squad and a club this season."

Swansea have emerged victorious in all their fixtures so far this summer, scoring 32 goals and conceding just once – a stat Laudrup of which is proud, having highlighted it as an area of improvement.

"The players know what we want to do but, for now, we just have to think about the one game we have played," he continued. "We have conceded only one goal in pre-season - that gives confidence to the team - and we have looked strong at set-pieces. That was one of our weak points last season and it looks like we are improving there."