Laudrup has Djukic sympathy

Michael Laudrup recognised that his Swansea City side’s convincing win against Valencia has made life much more complicated for Miroslav Djukic.

Scrutiny on Valencia’s start to the season has intensified in light of a 3-0 loss to the Premier League side on Thursday evening.

Aided by Adil Rami’s early red card, the result in the opening round of Europa League games saw fans at Mestalla protest against the team.

“Djukic certainly will be feeling terrible, as will any Coach whose team goes through a bad time,” offered Laudrup post-match.

“If you are at a big club where the demands are even greater then you suffer more. But when one makes the choice to become a Coach, this is accepted.

“No-one likes it, but this is how it is. There are many players but only one Coach. It is completely different to Coach than it is to play, because in the end you are alone.”

Goals from Wilfried Bony, Michu and Jonathan de Guzman settled the match in Swansea’s favour.

“We dominated the whole game. They had nothing really and we had… another three or four big, huge chances to score. So I'm very pleased.

“[It was] fantastic to win a game against a big club like that in a European competition so of course I'm very pleased.

“A lot could say that the red card had a huge influence and impact on the game.

“It is true that it's more difficult with 10 men rather than 11, but we've seen so many times home sides coming back even with one less.

“I knew we had a possibility and on the one hand I said, ‘OK we have nothing to lose – very little to lose, a lot to win’.

“On the other hand after the great second half the other day against Liverpool I knew we could bring this along as well.

“So I was confident we could do something. Of course I did not expect to win 3-0 – who could do that? But I knew we could do well.”

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