Swans wary of unknown Petrolul
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup has admitted that he has not heard of any Petrolul Ploiesti players ahead of their Europa League play-off clash.
The Swans will host the Romanian side in the first leg, having already seen off Malmo FF with a 4-0 aggregate win in the previous round of qualifying.
Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Filipe Teixeira is amongst Petrolul's ranks, but Laudrup says that his men have had plenty of homework to do in preparation for the tie.
"I had not heard of any of their players before the draw," he said.
"That's why on Wednesday we sat down with the team and showed them videos. When you play a game in the Premier League we all know each other. But with this team I don't think any of my players will have heard of them.
"Maybe they will know much more about us than the other way around. That's why it is important to know as much as you can.
"For example, if I'm the wide player on the right then who am I playing against? Is the full-back left-footed or right? Is he fast or is he slow?
"If I am a defender I would want to know if the opposition striker is short or tall. It's important the players watch the videos because my players need to see what kind of players they are up against.
"It's not like when we play Spurs on Sunday and you say to the players, you are playing against Aaron Lennon or Moussa Dembele. We all know who they are. But no-one knows Gheorge Grozav, Younis or the other guys.
"It's not being disrespectful, but the less you know an opponent, the more work you have to do."