Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
Swansea City first team coach and legend Alan Curtis has told the Official Site about the benefits that the Europa League has brought to the club.
There was a lot of talk during pre-season about how the Europa League could hinder the club's progress in the Premier League, but Curtis believes it has helped to make the players stronger.
"It has been great for the club - everyone has enjoyed it so far,"
"I think the tournament has benefited us in the Premier League too. When we went to West Brom and Crystal Palace we were more match-hardened compared to them and a bit ahead in terms of match fitness.
"You benefit so much from playing in different countries and stadiums which create a different atmosphere, like we already have in Sweden, Romania and Spain.
"You become a stronger player for it because it they are new experiences that help you deal with certain situations better.
"Certainly, for our players, the Europa League has brought massive benefits.
"We are reaching a new audience too. I`ve had people get in touch with me all over Europe saying how they enjoy watching us as they`ve managed to see us on TV."
Curtis also spoke about the fans and how they can contribute to the club's on-field success:
"No matter where we are, the supporters make us feel like we are at home.
"It`s incredible. We are well aware of how difficult it is to make it out to the places we have been.
"To see around 2,000 fans at the Mestalla was phenomenal. Hearing them singing away gives us a real lift.
"And I think that`s one day the fans will never forget.
"We`re all looking forward to Thursday night and hopefully our fans will be cheering us on to another victory - that would be a nice way to end the first round of games in the Group Stage."
The Swans certainly seem to have adjusted and coped well with an additional and demanding competition of the Europa League, no less the busy schedule of games, less preparation and recovery times and the travelling demands across the continent.
However, as Curtis says, the club are experiencing the benefits and they can also compete better in the transfer market if they can offer potential targets European football.
Laudrup's side will be hoping to make it three wins out of three in the group stage when they host Kuban Krasnodar at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday night (8.05pm, live on ITV4).
Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
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