Amat all set for Europa test
29th August 2013
Jordi Amat insists the Swans are ready to finish the job in style as they look to book a spot in the Europa League Grous Stage on Thursday night.
The squad landed in Bucharest on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Play-Off second leg tie with Romanian side Petrolul Ploiesti.
Michael Laudrup's side hold a 5-1 advantage going in the return leg, but Amat stresses the Swans are focussed on completing a professional job at the 15,000-capacity Ilie Oana.
"To win the first leg 5-1 puts us in a great position to qualify for the Group Stages," said the Spanish centre-back.
"But we are not here thinking the tie is over. In our minds - when we run out onto that pitch - the game is 0-0.
"We want to win this game - it is important we finish the job not only with a good result, but a good performance too."
Laudrup made seven changes for the trip to Malmo in the previous round, and Amat is hoping to get the nod to slot into the heart of defence.
"I'm not sure if the manager will change things around, but I would love to get the opportunity to play in this game," said Amat, who featured in the first-leg win over Malmo at the Liberty.
"It is important that we show the manager that we are capable of being called into the team and can perform in a competition like this.
"The squad is strong and, of course, the manager has a lot of options for each position, which is great for the club.
"And for the players it is great too, because knowing you have strong competition for your position drives you on even more.
"Whoever plays on Thursday, we will be looking for a performance and result that gives us plenty of positives ahead of Sunday's game at West Brom."