Ashley Williams exclusive: Swansea upbeat after Chelsea defeat

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Swansea captain Ashley Williams believes Chelsea are one of the two best teams in the Premier League this season having experienced last weekend the damage they are capable of inflicting.

Swansea suffered a 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge last Saturday afternoon despite opening the scoring on 11 minutes, and Williams concedes his side became somewhat overrun by superior opposition.

"They are probably one of the best two teams in the league", Williams told GiveMeSport.

"We knew it would be difficult and it was, I thought we played really well but in the end they were just a bit too much for us over 90 minutes.

"Now, we just have to get ourselves in to shape and try and get the win back in Swansea."

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The Swans have played some great football since the season started and are currently standing third of the Premier League table with nine points after four rounds of fixtures.

A win against Chelsea last weekend would have allowed them to move above their opponents to the summit of the table, but Williams insisted that if they keep playing like they do, Swansea will remain in the league's upper reaches.

He added: "It was unfortunate we came up against Chelsea on that weekend.

"We’ve started the season well and even though it was our first loss we're not losing too much hope because we still feel like we played well against a very good side."

Williams has contributed to two clean sheets in four games so far this season and with three wins out of four Premier League matches, Garry Monk's side seem to have a lot of potential this year.

Their aim remains to perform well against their nearest rivals but, as Williams explains, there is always the potential to upset those sides of greater standing.

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He continued: "These games are a bit of a bonus game. You want to take care of the teams that you feel will be in and around you, so when you play against the top teams it's a bit of a bonus game and you try to take what you can.

"Like when we played at Manchester United, we tried to go there with a plan and win the game and I thought we did do well there, we set ourselves well especially in the first half when we probably could have scored two or three.

"Away to a team like Chelsea we did get the first goal and we knew it was going to be tough to hang on to just one goal.

"We conceded a goal just before half-time and the second half it was always going to be difficult as they put the pressure on, but in the 90 minutes I feel like we did well."

Monk has certainly provided a lift since he was appointed as manager last February, and was able to strengthen his squad this summer with the likes of Gylfi Sigurdson, Federico Fernández and Jefferson Montero all moving to the Liberty Stadium.

Plenty will be expected of Swansea this term, and their start has certainly offered some encouragement.

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