Angel Rangel: Victory over Aston Villa is vital
16th March 2016
Angel Rangel believes victory over Aston Villa on Saturday will move the Swans closer to safe ground following a "strange and stressful" season.
The Swans sit eight points clear of third-bottom Norwich City with eight games left to play in an unpredictable Barclays Premier League campaign.
Bottom club Villa - without an away win since the opening day of the season - visit the Liberty on Saturday (5.30pm), with both clubs looking to bounce back from defeats.
While the Swans saw hopes of a third-straight win ended with a 3-2 defeat at Bournemouth, Remi Garde's side were beaten 2-0 at home by title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur.
But a win on home soil this weekend in front of the live Sky cameras would push the Swans even closer towards safety.
And Rangel insists the squad is determined to retain their Barclays Premier League status as quickly as possible.
"It's been a strange and stressful season for us all at the club," said the Spaniard. "We have been used to success over the last seven or eight seasons, but this season has been more stressful than usual.
"The most important thing is to stay up.
"This is a massive game for us and we need to extend the gap between ourselves and the teams below us.
"We had a good run of two consecutive wins over Arsenal and Norwich, then we had a setback against Bournemouth last weekend.
"So the pressure is firmly on us, and I see it as a must-win game.
"Villa are fighting for their lives, and so are we. We know the situation will look a lot better for us if we win this game. It would make a massive difference."
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