Every game’s a cup final for Swans

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Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken about the excitement around the city since the club gained promotion through the play-offs last term.

The Swans enjoyed success at Wembley back in May, with a Scott Sinclair hat-trick sending the Welsh outfit into the Barclays Premier League for the first time.

“It's going to be really exciting for the whole city. I'm delighted for the players and ecstatic for the supporters," said the former Reading boss. “I think the Premier League will be a better place this season having Swansea City in it."


Rodgers also said that he was up for the personal challenge that comes with being a manager in the top flight of English football, and that the club is almost ready to take on the big guns next term.

The Swans boss added: “I feel I only need to add three or four to give us an opportunity to stay in what is a fantastic league. The players we have, I believe, will show up very well…I think we can surprise a few people this year.

“I think last year, looking at the Premier League, a lot of teams in the middle to bottom took a lot of points off the top teams.”

The Northern Irishman is under no illusions about the challenges facing his side at the Liberty Stadium though, and didn’t underplay what he expects to be a difficult season and a challenge to stay in the division.

“It’s the most competitive league in the world. There’s no doubt that it’s going to be really tough for us. Certainly, we’re going to give it our best and continue to play how we play," Rodgers continued.

“It’s important that we’re creative and attacking in our football. The difference in the Premier League is that when you lose the ball there’s a better quality that can hurt you.”

Swansea will have to be on great form when they take on Manchester City in their opening game of the season, but Rodgers said that every game will be like a cup final for the Swans throughout the campaign.

“They’re all tough games. It’s going to be very, very competitive and every game will be a cup final for us. We understand that – home or away – every game will be tough.”



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