. . . Angel adamant Swans will finish with a flourish
Angel Rangel believes the Swans are currently in unchartered territory thanks to their superb season – then insisted there will be no easing up as the campaign nears the finishing line.
The Swans are enjoying arguably the finest year in the club’s history as they look to cement their place in the top half of the Barclays Premier League with eight games remaining.
Michael Laudrup’s side already have 40 points on the board, while their Capital One Cup success means there will be European football on the fixture list next season.
But Angel pointed out although the Swans have steered clear of the clubs fighting to keep their spot in the top flight, the squad are determined to sign off the season in good form.
“When you look at the table and the amount of points we have at this stage, we can appreciate the amount of hard work everyone has put in this season already,” said the Spaniard.
“It’s been a great season so far – it’s great to see the club in the top half of the Premier League table.
“But everyone here is always battling to raise the standard and push the club up the table.
“I think if we finish the season on a bad note, then that is what a lot of people will remember. That will eradicate the good work that went in earlier on in the season.
“It is a little strange, actually, that we have nothing at risk at this stage of the season.
“Every year we have been in the mix for promotion or, like last season, we took until the last few games to guarantee our place in the Premier League.
“But no-one here is chilling out. We are a proud squad - we bounce off each other in terms of raising the standard.
“Each day, each training session, you can see the players are so focused.
“And I think we are a squad that won’t let the standards slip. We want to get three points against Spurs next week and try and push ourselves up the table even further.”