Monday 16 July 2018

Swansea situation holds no fear for players, insists Ki Sung-yueng

Ki Sung-yueng believes Swansea's quality will get them out of relegation trouble
Ki Sung-yueng believes Swansea's quality will get them out of relegation trouble

Ki Sung-yueng insists managerless Swansea are not worried by their situation, even though they will spend Christmas in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.

Swansea failed to escape the bottom three after being held to a goalless draw by injury-hit West Ham on Sunday, and it is now only one win in 13 league games for a team without a permanent boss.

Caretaker Alan Curtis has been in command since Garry Monk was sacked on December 9 and he seems set to be in charge for the festive fixtures against West Brom and Crystal Palace, with chairman Huw Jenkins' manager search yet to bear fruit.

But South Korean midfielder Ki believes improved performances under Curtis show Swansea's position of being two points from safety is a false one.

"You saw in the last two games we played well, we have performed better," he said.

"Players have confidence so we are not worried about the situation.

"Of course, the fans may worry but we believe in each other and know there's quality in the team.

"Personally, I am very angry with myself that we are 18th. It is not for us and it is a difficult feeling.

"If the team is not good enough we accept it but we have really good players, we did so well last season."

Jenkins has warned that Swansea will not be rushed into a hasty decision over a new manager amid fears that an audacious move for former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has stalled.

Former Chelsea coach Jose Morais, who worked under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, is the latest name to be linked with the vacancy, but Ki said the squad had faith in the temporary coaching team of Curtis and academy chief Dave Adams.

"The chairman said it doesn't have to be a rush because we need someone to really understand the Swansea philosophy and who can make the team better," Ki said.

"Alan and Dave have done very well, tactically they know the team.

"But we can't waste any more time, we need three points from the next game."

West Ham, like Swansea, have gone seven games without a win as Slaven Bilic's side have had to combat a mounting injury list since climbing into third place at the end of October.

The Hammers have been particularly hurt in attacking areas and were without Dimitri Payet, Diafra Sakho, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll at the Liberty Stadium.

But they remain unbeaten in four matches with their last three games being goalless draws.

"We were flying. Dimi was flying, but we've lost Lanzini and Sakho as well and then big Andy has gone down," Hammers defender James Collins said.

"It's derailed us a bit but the club, the chairman and the gaffer spent money in the summer and we have a massive squad full of international players.

"I know there's been a few nil-nils, but we're creating chances.

"Maybe not as many as we want, but we are picking up points and not losing games.

"If we were conceding goals and it was three defeats and not three draws we'd be talking differently.

"We're still eighth and it's not doom or gloom by any stretch, we've had a tremendous start and have games over Christmas we think we can win."

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