Chairman's column: Chelsea

28th April 2018

Read Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins' programme notes for today's clash with Chelsea.

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to the Liberty Stadium for today’s Premier League fixture against Chelsea.

I think, like every Swansea City fan who watched our game at champions Manchester City last week, it is one we will all want to quickly forget and instead fully concentrate on the challenge in front of us in our remaining four Premier League games.

Since Carlos Carvalhal joined us in January, we have played 14 Premier League games.

Of those 14, we have won five, drawn five and lost just four times against Manchester City (a), Spurs (h), Brighton (a) and Manchester City (a).

Just as importantly, since Carlos’s arrival, the whole feel about our football club has changed and there is no doubt that together with his staff, he has helped turn our whole season around.

I’m sure the hard work and commitment shown from everyone since January will help to provide strong confidence and belief for those remaining four games.

Four of our five wins since Carlos arrived have come here at the Liberty Stadium, and there is little doubt that the fantastic support the team has been getting at home has been a major factor in turning our season around.

To be successful in the Premier League, we will always need to have a good record at home because it will provide the foundation for us to push on. The staff and players need to feel that we are unbeatable at the Liberty Stadium – including today.

With so much going on behind the scenes at our football club, including the need to continually reinvest and upgrade our training facilities and support our Academy development, it goes without saying that the challenge to stay in the Premier League is a massive one for us.

But it also must be said that the challenge we have all faced over the years to drive this football club to where it is today was even bigger. It was a challenge we met head on and faced together as a football club. We feared nobody – and that must be our aim once again.

We need to be strong and proud. We need to step up to the challenge again and find a way to overcome everything that is put in front of us.

Welcome to all directors, staff, players and supporters of Chelsea who have travelled to South West Wales today to support the Blues.

I’m sure Chelsea will be trying to finish the season strongly and gain as many points as possible before the campaign ends.

From 11th-placed Bournemouth down, I’m sure the last remaining games for all these clubs will provide many twists and turns as the Premier League proves once again how competitive it is for most of the teams involved.

With three out of our four remaining games here at the Liberty Stadium, we still have everything to play for.

Our future is in our own hands, with the chance to end the season on a positive note and set the right tone going into the summer.

Thanks again for your support.