Fernando Llorente excited with Swansea City's appointment of new head coach Paul Clement
5th January 2017
Fernando Llorente revealed his excitement with Paul Clement's appointment at Swansea City, with the striker insisting the team will "work, work, work" to impress the new head coach.
Clement was confirmed as the Swans' new boss on Tuesday afternoon - just hours before the 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace.
The 44-year-old was at Selhurst Park to watch his new club move off the bottom of the Premier League and to within a point of safety courtesy of Angel Rangel's late half-volley.
And Llorente is looking forward to working with the former Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea No.2.
"I know him from his time at Real Madrid. When I was at Juve, we played them in the semi-final of the Champions League in 2015. We won (3-2) on aggregate, and they were two very tough games," recalled Llorente.
"He can do very well here. I am excited with his arrival, because he has worked at some of the top clubs in Europe and the world, now he is here with us at Swansea.
"Now we have to work, work, work to impress him and help the team move forward."
Tuesday night's crucial win in South London saw the Swans claim the league double over a Palace side that sits just one point above them in the table.
Alfie Mawson's first goal for the club put the Swans in front before Wilfried Zaha looked to have secured the hosts a point when he volleyed home an 83rd-minute volley.
Then up popped sub Rangel, who latched onto fellow replacement Leroy Fer's pass before slotting past keeper Wayne Hennessey in the final minutes of the game.
And Llorente was delighted with the victory - the Swans' first away win in the league since the opening-day triumph over Burnley.
"I was very happy with the victory because our position in the table is not good. It was an important victory," added the Spanish international, who has scored six goals in 18 games for the Swans.
"The last time we played Palace it was a crazy finish where I managed to get two goals in injury time. But this time it was Angel, and I am so happy for him to have scored the goal.
"It was great to win that game, now our attention turns to the FA Cup and Saturday's game with Hull City."
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