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Swansea and Tottenham will hope to end a miserable week for English clubs in Europe on a high when they face Napoli and Dnipro in the Europa league on Thursday night.
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With Manchester City and Barcelona losing to Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively the pressure to fly the British flag has now shifted to two inexperienced managers, making their debut on the European stage.
Swans manager Garry Monk will be taking charge of just his fourth game on Thursday and his first in Europe. The Rookie manager has won just one so far, his first game in charge and saw his side crash out of the FA Cup last weekend.
Despite his inexperience at this level Monk had admitted that he cannot wait to pit his wits against Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez.
“They are one of the best teams in Europe. I have watched their matches and they have very good players all the way from the goalkeeper to the attackers,” said Monk, who will be in only his fourth game as a manager.
“They are a very powerful team in European football. We will be going up against a very good side, but we believe in ourselves to get a good result.
“When we had the draw it was something the whole city was talking about. I’ve known this was coming up and it is a big occasion for the club and myself.
“Staying in the Premier League is fundamental to us, but a game like this is one to look forward to and enjoy.
“Rafa Benitez is a hugely successful manager who has won some of the biggest trophies in the game. What he achieved at Chelsea – under all that pressure – shows how good a manager he is.
“I didn’t expect this opportunity to come along like this, but I’ve had to prepare the team as much as possible.
“When we had the Everton (FA Cup) game out of the way it was straight onto Napoli. This is a game we are really looking forward to – it’s a big challenge against one of the best teams on the continent and hopefully we can get a positive result into the second leg.”
Monk is set to make changes to the site that lost to Everton in the cup with Jonjo Shelvey and Alejandro Pozuelo hoping to be involved after recent injuries.
The Swans will however be without star striker Michu, a loss that won’t be as hard to bear if Napoli’s top scorer Gonzalo Higuain fails to overcome a back injury picked up in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph at Sassuolo.
Tottenham meanwhile will be without a host of their first team squad when they travel to the Ukraine to face Dnipro.
The Londoners are set to come face to face with former manager Juande Ramos while the game will be also be the first competitive outing for Yevhen Konoplyanka, the Dnipro winger who saw a deadline day move to Liverpool collapse at the last minute.
Tim Sherwood’s side have moved back into Champions league contention in the Premier League on the back of a solid run of form and with that in mind the manager has decided to rest a number of key men.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon, Kyle Walker, Mousa Dembele, Younes Kaboul and Hugo Lloris have been left in London while Sandro, Erik Lamela, Jermain Defoe and Vlad Chiriches all missing through injury.