Gylfi: Time to kick on
16th September 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson is urging Swansea City to build on their draw with Chelsea by landing another positive result at Southampton this weekend.
The Swans go in search of a second Premier League away win of the season when they make the tricky trip to St Mary's on Sunday (2.15pm).
And Sigurdsson reckons Francesco Guidolin's men can take confidence from their battling 2-2 draw with the Blues last time out.
Antonio Conte's star-studded Chelsea side had won all four of their games in 2016-17 until a rousing Swans fightback saw them drop points at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans started the game with a new 3-5-2 formation, but it was after they changed to a more familiar set-up just before the break that Guidolin's side really came into the contest.
"We tried a different shape last weekend and I thought we started the game okay," Sigurdsson said.
"Obviously conceding the first goal wasn't good for us and Chelsea had a lot of possession and looked quite dangerous after that.
"But we hung in there, we got the two goals back and I thought we played well in the second half.
"They ended up equalising with a pretty soft goal which we could have defended a little better, but we would have taken a point against Chelsea, especially with the form they had been in.
"They look like a strong side, so the draw is a positive for us.
"Now we go to Southampton, who have some good players and are good at home especially.
"It's going to be another difficult game for us but it's important that we really kick on now and try to get some more away wins on the board."
Sigurdsson netted his first goal of the season to start the comeback against Chelsea.
And after a shortened pre-season campaign - Sigurdsson returned to training late because of his involvement at Euro 2016 - last term's Liberty player of the year reckons he is now in peak condition.
"I feel like I am back to full fitness and match sharpness now," he said.
"It did take a while after going away for a month at the end of Euro 2016.
"I was given an extended break, then I went from doing nothing to coming into training a couple of weeks before the first game.
"It's not ideal, but I think I and the other players who came back late will benefit from having that break when it comes to January.
"If you have had no rest, you will be more likely to pick up injuries when the busy period comes."
Please note, Swans fans can purchase tickets on the day via Ticket Office 3 at St Mary's from 11am.
Tickets are priced:
Adults - £20
Over-65s - £20
Ages 18-21 - £20
Under-18s - £18
Under-11s - £12
Supporters are reminded that children aged two and under are not permitted into St Mary's.
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