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Swans captain eyes another good showing before United

Ashley Williams eyes the league opener against Man Utd

By | 7th August 2013
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Swansea captain Ashley Williams believes that a strong performance against Swedish side Malmo is just what his side needs before the Premier League club open their 2013/14 campaign against Manchester United on August 17th. The skipper thinks that another result like the 4-0 thrashing the Swans laid down on the Swedish club last match is what the club should aim for as the defender wants another win in the second leg tomorrow.

“It is great for us because we have two very competitive games in Europe before we start the Premier League season. It allows us to work on certain thing before the Manchester United game,” Williams said to Swansea’s official site.

“But the only way we can go into the game against Malmo tomorrow is to forget the score from the first leg and work on the performance.”

The Welsh defender believes that the match will provide serious competition for the club prior to the Swans opening their Premier League campaign, and thinks that the club should focus on the match as if the aggregate score was still 0-0.

“We are going out to win the game, but the performance of the team is just as important to us,” Williams said to Swansea’s official site.

The Swans, led by Williams in the back and 27-year-old attacker Michu netting an impressive 18 times for the club in the Prem, finished in a surprising ninth in the Premier League last season,  an improvement on the club’s 11th place finish during the 2011/2012 season.

Many also believe that the club could be even more dangerous this season with the addition of Wilfried Bony from Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem in a £12 million signing. The Ivorian striker was simply dominant for the Dutch club last season, scoring a ridiculous 37 times in 36 appearances, 31 of which were in the Eredivisie.

The club also signed Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool earlier this summer, shelling out another £6 million fee for the center midfielder, and Williams believes that Shelvey and Bony together have already helped their attack.

“When I look at us compared to last preseason, I believe we are stronger this year,” the defender said to Swansea’s official site.

“Looking back at the first leg against Malmo, we had Jonjo and Wilfried and it gave us more of an attacking threat.

“There is a lot of competition in this squad, and it is pushing us all on.”

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