Brits full of pride after Euro draw
20th February 2014
Leon Britton hailed a proud performance as the Swans were held by Napoli at the Liberty.
On a night where the Swans enjoyed almost 70 per cent possession and had 21 attempts at goal, Garry Monk's side were denied victory by some fine stops by Rafael Cabral and his second-half replacement Pepe Reina.
Ranked outsiders to progress, the Swans were hugely dominant against a side that had only missed out on progression in the Champions League via goal difference.
And Britton was bursting with pride as he reflected on a performance he felt deserved victory.
"We are frustrated we didn't win the game, but the performance was very good. We dominated possession and created a lot of chances," he said. "We're disappointed we didn't get the goal that we deserved, but we can be proud of tonight's performance.
"We had over 20 shots with a lot of decent chances and we pressed high up the pitch and put a lot of pressure on them.
"When you look at their Champions League exit they were unlucky, and they have spent a lot of money on their squad.
"They are a heavyweight club in Europe, but we played very well out there tonight.
Everyone outside of the club will have written us off. But we want to make the Liberty a fortress and performances like that will help achieve that.
"It's a shame we didn't win the game."
The return leg takes place at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples in a week's time, while the Swans are in Barclays Premier League action on Sunday as they take on Liverpool.
This performance will boost the squad's confidence ahead of their trip to Anfield, and Britton admitted the Swans thoroughly enjoyed testing themselves against one of the continent's biggest clubs.
He added: "It was a fantastic game to be involved in. The fans were fantastic, the atmosphere was great and you're up against a massive team in European football. So we really enjoyed it.
"These are the games you look back at when you've finished playing.
"On a personal note, it's been some journey from making my Swans debut at Exeter in a midweek League Two game to playing Napoli at home in the Europa League."