Llorente: Swans seeing the best of me

4th March 2017
First team

Fernando Llorente reckons Swansea City are seeing the best of him after his dramatic late winner sealed a pulsating 3-2 victory over Burnley.

Llorente opened the scoring against the Clarets when he headed home from Leroy Fer's pinpoint cross.

Burnley then fought back to lead 2-1 - thanks in no small part to a highly contentious penalty decision - before Martin Olsson fired into the top corner to make it 2-2 with 21 minutes remaining.

Paul Clement's side then claimed the win they deserved when Llorente nodded in from Tom Carroll's searching cross in the second minute of stoppage time.

Swans striker Fernando Llorente.

The Spanish international World Cup winner now has 11 goals in 24 Premier League appearances - only 20 of which have been starts - having left Sevilla for Swansea last summer.

And Llorente believes he is showing the sort of form which has seen him thrive in the top echelons of European football throughout his career.

"It was a crazy finish to the game and I am very happy because the goal gave us three massive points," he said.

"I think you are seeing the best of me now. I am showing that at the moment I think.

"Now I just want to try to do this throughout the season.

"Today the delivery into the box was amazing. My goals came from two very, very good crosses - they were amazing for a striker like me.

"I love those crosses and I need these crosses. I would love it if all the games were like this."

Llorente celebrated his late winner alongside the Swans fans in the East Stand.

And he added: "I am very happy for all the supporters. They have helped us a lot.

"The fans were fantastic. Thank you very much to them - they were amazing. I scored the goal and enjoyed it with them."

The Burnley win means the Swans are five points clear of the Premier League relegation places with 11 games of the season remaining.

That is a far healthier position than they were in when Clement took charge a couple of months ago but, while the mood has been lifted, the players are aware that there is work to do.

"We must keep working this way," Llorente said. "The team have played well again and we are very happy.
"We are confident now, but we know this month is massive for us because we play teams who are fighting against relegation with us.

"We go to Hull City next and we know the importance of the match. We need to go and give another strong performance.

"This result is great for the team. We work hard all week and now we have to continue in this way."