Family values have been key to Swansea City's survival, says Jonathan de Guzman
30th April 2014
Jonathan de Guzman believes the family values at Swansea City have helped the club retain its Barclays Premier League status.
Back-to-back league wins over Newcastle United and Aston Villa helped the Swans steer clear of the relegation zone, with Garry Monk's side sitting seven points clear of third-bottom Norwich City ahead of Saturday's penultimate match with Southampton at the Liberty.
Those victories ensured the Swans claimed consecutive wins for the first time since December 2012.
But de Guzman insists the team's values eventually prevailed despite a tough run of fixtures.
"Such a beautiful club like this you can describe in one word - family. We've stuck together like a family and we got the job done," said de Guzman, who is currently on loan from Villarreal.
"It's been a big fight for us for the season, especially for myself. A lot of things changed - a lot of adaptation after a great season last year - but we have stuck together as a team, got the results and we are safe.
"The Villa result has taken a lot of pressure off our shoulders. It is a relief to be safe. We would have loved it a lot earlier like last season so we could enjoy it more, but we are very happy with the result against Villa. We scored a lot of great goals.
"You want to win every game you play. We haven't had that run for so long and it's well known that we had not won two consecutive games and this was the first one in a long time.
"So this was a very important one and we are very happy with that."
The Dutch international, who is hoping to be a part of his countries World Cup squad this summer, also applauded head coach Garry Monk's efforts in steering the club to safety.
Monk took over following Michael Laudrup's departure in February, and de Guzman praised the former Swans skipper for ensuring Premier League football remained at the Liberty next season.
"His task was to keep us safe and he has done a good job," added de Guzman, who has scored seven goals in 46 appearances this season.
"Everyone is working hard and from the first day he started as manager everyone gave him that respect. We weren't in a good period at that point, but everyone just stuck together and did the job."