Saturday 20 January 2018

City away days 'biggest challenge'

Neil Taylor believes playing Manchester City at the Etihad is the toughest possible challenge at the moment
Neil Taylor believes playing Manchester City at the Etihad is the toughest possible challenge at the moment

Swansea defender Neil Taylor believes an away game at Manchester City is currently the greatest challenge in the Barclays Premier League.

City have scored 41 goals in 10 home games in all competitions, and they have recorded handsome wins over Manchester United, Everton, Norwich and Tottenham in the league.

Few will be expecting a Swansea side who have yet to fire this season to bring an end to the Etihad Stadium goal glut with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas in the pink of form.

And Taylor admits that is understandable given City's current run.

"I think City away is the biggest challenge for anyone in this league with the way they play," he said.

"They're expansive and they look like one of Pellegrini's teams so I think it's a difficult game for us.

"Spurs were under par against them last week, but with the players they've got like Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Negredo, they've got four or five front players who would get in any team in the Premier League.

"They're playing really well. Pellegrini's teams are all or nothing, and at the moment it's the former.

"They're getting goals and even if they concede a couple they're likely to outscore you, but we'll concentrate on ourselves."

And Taylor insists there will be no fear in the Swans' ranks.

He said: "It is only football - there is no reason to be scared.

"You just get on with it. they are playing some great football, but we have played teams in the last couple of years who have been playing great football and stood our ground and got results.

"We will go there and anything we get will be a bonus.

"We can get results anywhere. We know some places are more difficult than others but you don't go anywhere being scared of the opponents.

"We can test ourselves against the best and that's what we want to do."

Taylor, battling with Ben Davies for the left-back slot, featured in Thursday's 1-0 Europa League defeat to Valencia, which ensured Swansea must wait until their final Group A game against St Gallen for the chance to secure a place in the knockout stages.

But the Wales international wants the Swans to move on from the disappointment of not getting the point they needed.

"We knew we only needed a draw so it was disappointing not to get it," he said.

"Obviously in the two games previous to this we should have wrapped things up, so now we go into the last game needing a result.

"But it's important to move on. We had disappointments before, we could have done it in the last game and we could have done it in this game.

"Luckily we're still in a position where we can do it comfortably in the next game if we get the right performance."

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