Joel Latibeaudiere | Tuesday is an opportunity to show what we can do against a top team

26th April 2022
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Bristol City home Joel Latibeaudiere

Joel Latibeaudiere says Swansea City should relish the chance to test themselves against one of the top teams in the division when they welcome AFC Bournemouth to the Stadium this evening (7.45pm).

The centre-back has been enjoying a good spell of games after he was handed a start at Cardiff City in early April. Performances have meant he has retained his place, and has played his part in the Swans longest undefeated run of the campaign.

The Swans will face a tough challenge as they look to make it nine unbeaten on Tuesday evening but Latibeaudiere believes the team have  plenty of motivation heading into the fixture against the promotion-chasing Cherries.

“It’s another opportunity to show what we can do against a top team and that’s what we’ll be looking to do,” he said.

“We’ve set our own individual challenges within the team and really want to achieve those, but we want to do well because of how things went at their place. That gives us extra motivation.

“We’ll treat it like any game. Move the ball, pass it around and take the emotion out of it. They’re playing at our place and we’ve got our fans behind us the whole way.

“We’ll just do what we do, work on it in training and put it on the pitch.

“The team can take a lot of confidence, we’ve been great recently and we just want to keep this unbeaten run going and finish the season on a high.

“This run just shows how far the manager has brought us over the season and sets us up well for next season.

“We take real pride in keeping the ball, it is the manager’s vision and we all support and believe in that. We take real care in that and it’s a big part of who we are as a team.”

On a personal note, the 22-year-old says he’s really enjoying his football during this sequence, and labelled the victory at Cardiff as the best moment of his career so far.

That result and performance has been part of a run of results for the Swans which make them one of the in-form teams in the division picking up 16 points in their past eight matches and scoring 16 goals, and Latibeaudiere believes belief is growing match-by-match.

Joel Latibeaudiere challenges for a ball with Mark Harris

“I got to play in the Cardiff game which was unbelievable. That was one of the highlights of my career and will be forever,” he added.

“I’ve gained a lot of confidence from my run in the team.

“I’ve just been working with the gaffer and Matt Gill and going through my clips, but I was just happy that I got my chance to play and I took it and have managed to keep the shirt.

“I’m having a lot of fun out there, I love the way we play and hopefully it just carries on.”