Ki's double delight

4th February 2018
First team

Ki Sung-Yueng toasted a personal milestone and a good day for his team as Swansea City claimed a point at Leicester.

Ki made his 155th English top-flight appearance at the King Power Stadium, meaning he has now played more Premier League games than any other South Korean footballer.

The Swans midfielder was proud to move ahead of ex-Manchester United star Park Ji-Sung in the list – and pleased to help Carlos Carvalhal’s side secure a draw.

“I have been in the Premier League for six years now and it’s a great honour for me to break this record,” Ki said.

“Also we got a very crucial point so I am very pleased for the team as well.

“But we still have to get a lot more points. Hopefully we can carry on next week against Burnley.”

Ki goes to the top of the South Korean charts having racked up 128 Premier League appearances for the Swans plus another 27 while on loan at Sunderland back in 2013-14.

“There have been some difficult moments during the seasons, but I also have some great memories,” he added.

“It’s very pleasing to have that record, but now I have to keep fighting and working to get better.

“Hopefully there will be many more Premier League games because this is the best league in the world.

“Every game is a challenge for me but I want to fight and survive in this league this season.”

Ki felt the Swans made life too easy for Leicester in the first 45 minutes of his landmark appearance.

But he was pleased with the way they fought back to take a point on a ground where they have suffered in the past.

“I think we showed them too much respect in the first half. We let them play,” Ki added.

“In the second half we pressed them higher and then we played some better football.

“We got the point and that has put us outside the relegation zone, but Burnley is another massive game for us.

“I think we have to start against Burnley the way we played in the second half against Leicester.”