Swansea coach, Garry Monk has praised Jose Mourinho calling him one of the best managers in the league. Even so, the English manager, feels that his team is a good shape before the start of the season.
At the very beginning of the interview, Monk has made a joke regarding Swansea’s bad luck in the fixtures lottery.
“I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,”
This time, Swansea will open the season playing against Chelsea. While, a year ago Monk had to face Manchester United in the opening clash.
However, Swansea coach seems to be sure his team is well prepared for the beginning of the season:
“We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,”
“The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan.”
“It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players.”
“We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on.”
“We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve.”
“We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature.”
“That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.”
“We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,”
”There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them.”
“But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league.”
“He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch.”
“They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.”