Swansea City’s first game in Europe couldn’t have gone much better as they beat Swedish club Malmo 4-0 in the first Leg leaving the Swans manager Michael Laudrup hailing it a “perfect start”.
Swansea had three new players in the starting line up and two coming off the bench, but watching Swansea play it was still the beautiful passing attacking game that have won fans over in recent years.
Malmo, who have had stars such as Jonas Thern, Martin Dahlin, Stefan Schwarz and Zlatan Ibrahimović once play for them, held their own but Swansea opened the scoring thanks to last years revelation that was Michu and though he was fortunate as Malmo defender, Filip Helander, slipped easing some pressure off Michu, he still had to deal with the on rushing ‘keeper, which he did with a very cool head. The Spaniard calmly swept the ball underneath the Swede to then wheel away to his trademark celebration before doing a little Ketsbaia board kicking. Thankfully nowhere near as severe as the Newcastle legend that is Temuri Ketsbaia.
The second half saw the lion share of goals as well as seeing Wilfried Bony get his first and the second official goal for the Swans. The first came after Wayne Routledge again became provider as he chipped up the ball for Bony to header home. Bony got into the right position and rose well to then direct it into the far corner leaving Dahlin helplessly in the air. The second came after Michu, who had made a great run and was well picked out with a beautiful pass by Angel Rangel, saw his shot hit the post but luckily rebounded out to Bony who put it away.
The fourth and final goal saw yet another debutant score with Alejandro Pozuelo, who came on form Nathan Dyer, scoring a beauty. Shelvey had the ball, who along with the rest of the Swansea team had a very good game, laid the ball off to Routledge. He took a touch before and passing it Bony who then flicked it up to Pozuelo who chest controlled it and then on the volley smashed it home from the edge of the area.
After the match Laudrup spoke about how pleased he was with the teams performance saying “Perfect isn’t often used in football, but that was about as close as you can get tonight. Two goals from our new striker, Michu is back scoring and no injuries either.”
Before adding, “If we win 4-0, despite them not knowing each other that well, it can’t be a bad night.”
So with the first leg out of the way and the tie all but won, Swansea can now concentrate on the start of a new Premier League season with their full attention on Manchester United. Though the Swans will play Malmo before that, I am sure Laudrup will take the training sessions with the first game of the season in mind.
Michu and Bony seemed to be partnering up well and with the rest of the signings gelling with the team it looks as though this season could be an even better one that last years.