Ki targets turning point

24th November 2017
First team

Ki Sung-Yueng hopes tomorrow’s clash with Bournemouth could be the Liverpool moment in Swansea City’s season.

Paul Clement’s men take on the Cherries at the Liberty Stadium this weekend and are desperate for victory after four successive Premier League defeats.

Ki believes that despite their recent struggles, the Swans have the quality to climb the table, just as they did in the second half of 2016-17.

And he feels one victory could change the direction of the Swans’ season – as was the case last term.

“Last season we struggled until we beat Liverpool away in January,” Ki said.

“That win was the turning point for us last season and we have to find the turning point again now.

“We need some confidence. It is difficult when you keep losing games. The players feel pressure on the pitch, especially at home, and it’s difficult to play your game.

“We need a turning point. If we win one game, I think we will gain confidence and we will get back to better performances.”

Ki feels the players need to take responsibility for the Swans’ struggles so far this season.

There were high hopes for this campaign following their successes last spring, but Clement’s side have won only two of their 12 league games so far.

“We are the ones who go on the pitch,” Ki added.

“Last season the manager helped us a lot, he helped us survive. We believe in him.

“Like I say, I think we need one game to go our way and that will turn us around.

“We will try to get that win against Bournemouth. We have to be ready to fight and we have to show all the things we have done on the training ground this week.

“We haven’t taken a lot of points at home and we have to give our fans some belief. Everyone knows this is a big game for us.”

Ki hopes to start against Bournemouth having re-established himself in Clement’s team following a summer knee operation.

He said: “I am fully fit now. It was a difficult time being out – I was really frustrated. I was missing football. You always do as a player.

“I am very pleased now to be back fit and back in the team. I just want to win some games.”