Opposition view: Swansea City
By Ric Turner, Fri 03 May 2013 17:05
All you need to know about Swansea City courtesy of Swans Blog
Ahead of tomorrow's game at The Liberty Stadium, Bluemoon caught up with Chris from Swans Blog to get the lowdown on the opposition...
What are your expectations for the rest of this season?
After the start we made up to January it would be a shame not to secure a top 10 finish and better last season's 11th place finish.
Are you happy with the manager?
Couldn't have wished for a smoother transition from Brendan Rodgers to Michael Laudrup. Although that is mostly down to the philosophy at the club and the way we select our new managers. The players he's persuaded to join have also been fantastic and I doubt they would be with us without the manager.
Who are your key players?
Michu has obviously been a major success this season and made every club in the premier league realise that there are genuine bargains out there. Our central defensive partnership of Ashley Williams and Chico Flores has also been key and there is also Leon Britton who is at the centre of everything keeping everything ticking nicely.
Were you happy with the business conducted during the January transfer window?
A little disappointed our first choice striker was allowed to leave without a replacement coming in. However, on the flip side I'm happy we didn't panic buy and face the possibility of being stuck with an expensive flop.
Are there any rising stars in the squad that we might not have heard of?
Winger Kenji Gorre who arrived from Manchester United a couple a months ago appears to be an exciting prospect with some good performances for the U21's in recent weeks.
Your Achilles heel?
Set-pieces. Has been for a few seasons now, we do concede a fairly regularly and don't really score from them either.
If you could have any City player in your team who would you choose?
David Silva would be ok but I'd go for Sergio Aguero as we could do with a striker. Will probably end up with Scott Sinclair though.
What is your perception of City as a club?
There is no doubt City have an excellent squad and will be challenging for trophies every season but you are still a team learning to cope with that expectation of success. Providing there aren't wholesale changes I think you'll be closer to Manchester United next season with the players having that bit more experience.
Likely starting XI for the game, and score prediction?
Vorm; Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies; Britton, De Guzman, Routledge, Pablo Hernandez, Michu, Moore.
2-1 Man City
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