Llorente: Confidence is still high

26th February
First team

Fernando Llorente believes the Swans will go into next week's crunch clash against Burnley with their confidence fully intact despite Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Llorente scored his ninth goal of the campaign - putting him level with Gylfi Sigurdsson - on the stroke of half-time with a superb header to cancel out Cesc Fabregas' opener after 19 minutes.

Although the league leaders had the better of the contest, the Swans had a solid penalty shout turned down to take the lead before Pedro and Diego Costa struck in the last 18 minutes.

"I was happy to score just before half-time,'' explained Llorente, who has shared out his nine goals equally between his head, left foot and right foot. "For a striker to score it gives you confidence, which is very high for me at the moment.

"It's always very difficult playing at Stamford Bridge. It is an amazing club with great players.

"But we fought right to the end and were drawing the game with 18 minutes to go, which says a lot about this team. It's a pity we conceded the second so late, but we continued to fight.

"The confidence is still high for us because I thought we played a good game. Now we have to keep going, keep working hard and win our next match at home.

"The Burnley game will be very important for us. It will be a difficult one because they are good at the way they play.

"We will have to work hard in the week preparing, but we will go into the game with confidence after the way we have performed over recent weeks.''

The Spaniard managed to catch up with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after the game in the Stamford Bridge tunnel with the pair together at Juventus.

And Llorente is predicting that Chelsea will remain at the top of the table with 12 games to go.

"Antonio is amazing,'' he added. "I think he has done some really good work up until now with Chelsea. If they continue this way then they will win the league.''