Swansea City through to knock-out stages despite defeat
Swansea City have qualified for the knock-out stages of the Europa League, despite losing 1-0 away at St Gallen last night. Michael Laudrup's side progress courtesy of Kuban Krasnodar's draw in Valencia.
Swansea City Manager Michael Laudrup says his side "gave too much away" in their 1-0 defeat away to St Gallen, but that it was "important to qualify" for the knock-out stages of the Europa League.
"In the second we really gave away three or four chances," he said.
"They had a disallowed goal before the goal and I think the second half we gave too much away.
"Our team is quite an inexperienced (team) if you're talking internationally.
"I think that some of the players knew it was the last game today and you know (in) the last game (of the group stage) you can't recover from this - you're in or you're out and I think maybe there was a little nervousness at some stage."
Michael Laudrup says Swansea City's disrupted journey to Switzerland for their final Europa League Group A fixture with St Gallen will be no excuse if they fail to secure a place in the knockout stages.
Swansea City's crucial Europa league clash with St Gallen tomorrow night has been thrown into disarray after technical problems and fog delayed their flight to Switzerland.
The problems mean Swansea will now miss their final training session before tomorrow night's game.
Fog initially grounded the chartered flight, before technical problems then compounded the problem well into the afternoon.
Latest estimates suggest that the squad, minus manager Michel Laudrup who travelled independently from Paris, will not leave Cardiff until at least 1600 GMT.
Swansea need just a point from the final game of the group stages to move through to the knockout stages, or can qualify in the group's other game between Kuban Krasnodar and Valencia ends in anything other than a Kuban win.