Ki pleased with Clement's influence

13th January 2017
First team

Ki Sung-Yueng feels head coach Paul Clement has given the Swans the confidence they need to lift themselves out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Clement takes charge of his first home game since being appointed at the Liberty when Arsenal visit SA1 on Saturday.

Clement was at Selhurst Park to see his new side claim a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace last time out in the league, while his first game in charge ended in a 2-0 defeat to Hull City in the FA Cup.

And Ki has been encouraged by the early days of Clement's reign, insisting he is confident the Swans' fortunes will change under the former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich assistant.

"He has been at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, so he has plenty of knowledge and experience," said the South Korean.

"We believe he can help us a lot. He makes football simple. Now all we have to do is get more points and things will settle down.

"We've trained well this week, so we are prepared.

"We are desperate to climb the table, but we are only one point behind Crystal Palace in the table.

"Of course, when you are losing games your confidence drops and the pressure increases. Even when making a simple pass you can feel more pressure than normal.

"But we have good players here, and Paul has tried to give us more confidence as a team. The win at Crystal Palace helped too.

"Each player has their own responsibility. Each of us has to be mentally and physically strong, and encourage each other when someone makes a mistake.

"There is a lot to work on in the next few weeks as we have some very tough games - starting with Arsenal - but I feel positive."