Fernando Llorente believes Swansea City need “strong minds and big hearts” in their battle to beat the drop from the Premier League.
The Swans host Stoke City on Saturday in another key weekend of top-flight action, with Paul Clement’s side hoping to climb out of the bottom three and leapfrog Hull City, who sit two points above them.
Fixtures with Manchester United, Everton, Sunderland and West Brom all follow after this weekend’s clash at the Liberty, and Llorente – a World Cup winner with Spain in 2010 – is clear what qualities the squad will need to have in order to retain the club’s top-flight status.
“It’s a massive match for us. It’s a final,” declared the Swans’ top-scorer.
“We have not played well in the last five or six games, so we need to get back to the way we were playing football before.
“I think our mentality is important. We need to play without any fear because worrying about things can affect your performance. It won’t allow you to express yourself.
“Maybe it has been in our heads too much in the last few games.
“We, the players, need to have strong minds and big hearts in the games that are left.
“On Saturday, we need to be like lions on the pitch. The fans, too, need to be like lions in the stadium.
“At home we are a strong team because the fans give us so much and that could be the difference.”
TicketsFor Saturday's game, we have extra tickets on sale after Stoke returned some of their allocation.
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Don't forget to make the most of your matchday experience by kicking off the day with a visit to our popular #JacksZone.
The fun-filled fan zone has interactive games including speed cage, football pool and football tables, along with live music courtesy of The C90s, competitions and giveaways, entertainment on the big screen and appearances from Lee Trundle as well as Cyril and Cybil, plus plenty of food and drink.
The fun continues after the final whistle at the Liberty, with the FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Tottenham being shown live on the big screen.
The #JacksZone opens at 12.30pm but both home and away fans are encouraged to arrive early as spaces are limited. Please note, the fan zone will be closed 15 minutes before kick off.
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