Angel: Confidence high for Reds test
21st February 2014
Angel Rangel believes the Swans head to Liverpool this weekend buoyed by their Europa League performance against Napoli.
The Swans visit Anfield in Sunday (1.30pm) just three days on from Thursday night's thrilling 0-0 draw against Rafa Benitez's side at the Liberty.
The first leg of their last 32 tie saw the Swans dominate territory, possession and scoring opportunities, but they were forced to settle for a draw ahead of the second leg in Naples next Thursday.
But now the focus is on Sunday's clash against Brendan Rodgers' side, who are currently just four points behind leaders Chelsea.
And Rangel feels the confidence gained by Thursday's draw with Napoli will stand them in good stead against the Reds.
"It's another big one for us. That's the beauty of football - we are playing in different competitions against big clubs all the time," said the Spaniard.
"Liverpool are in the top four, and it's against Brendan too which is always special, and they are in top form.
"But we know we can win up there - we did that in the Capital One Cup last season.
"They are a different team (to Napoli). They play with a similar tempo to us, have great players and Brendan knows our style of play - just like we know his. It will be an open game.
"We have to make sure we keep Sturridge and Suarez quiet, but as long as we are solid as a team and create chances like we did on Thursday night then I'm sure we can get a good result.
"That performance has given us a lot of confidence. Hopefully we can use that to get a result on Sunday."
Of Thursday's stalemate with Napoli, Rangel was full of praise for an enthralling performance from Monk's side.
Rangel himself went close on a couple of occasions, most notably at the end of the first half as keeper Rafael Cabral tipped his back-post header over for a corner.
But while they were forced to settle for a draw, the Swans have taken plenty of heart from their performance.
"It's unbelievable when you think we were disappointed to only draw 0-0 with Napoli," added the right-back.
"We were outstanding for 90 minutes and we kept them very quiet. They had one chance in the first opportunity while we had five or six really good chances.
"For the last two or three games we have played with a higher tempo and we haven't lost the ball much. If we have lost the ball then we've pressed straight away to win it back.
"So hopefully we can take this performance into the next few games and for the rest of the season."