Home advantage could be key, says Sigurdsson
16th January 2015
Gylfi Sigurdsson believes home advantage could be the Swans' trump card when they face Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho's title contenders visit the Liberty on Saturday as they look to widen the gap between themselves and second-placed Manchester City, who play Arsenal on Sunday.
The Swans, though, have been strong at home with 21 of their 30 points earned at the Liberty.
Garry Monk's side also boast the third-best defensive record on home soil, with only Chelsea and Southampton conceding less so far.
On the road, the Swans have won at Manchester United and Hull, while they remain the only team to score more than once at Stamford Bridge this season following the 4-2 defeat in September.
And Sigurdsson, who is now the Swans' leading scorer in the league following Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City, feels a passionate home crowd will be key to the Swans' hopes of upsetting the Blues.
"If you look at their squad they have fantastic individual players, but as a team they are very strong with a very clever manager," said the Icelandic international.
"Over the last six or seven years they've had fantastic players, but now they are really strong.
"Mourinho has drilled them into a tight unit with Matic sitting in front of the back four while they have plenty of goals in them too.
"It's going to be a very tough game, but we don't lose many games at the Liberty - our fans really get behind us and make a lot of noise - so hopefully we can get at least a point or three."