Monk hoping for positive reaction
11th April 2014
Garry Monk is hoping for a positive reaction when his side go up against Chelsea on Sunday (4.07pm).
The Swans welcome Jose Mourinho's high-flying Blues to the Liberty, aiming for a return to winning ways after a disappointing display at Hull last week.
Monk's side were beaten 1-0 at the KC Stadium, courtesy of George Boyd's first-half header, meaning they fell to 15th position in the Premier League - six points clear of the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to SA1 on the back of a midweek victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League and a 3-0 defeat of Stoke last weekend.
But despite acknowledging the difficulty of Swansea's task at hand, Monk is hoping his side will rise to the challenge.
"We were disappointed after the game against Hull," explained Monk. "It wasn't the performance or result we wanted.
"But we've had a good reaction this week in training. The boys have been working hard towards Sunday's game.
"We know what we are up against, but we have to be confident and get a reaction.
"The key is to not fear these challenges; you have to embrace them.
"When you talk about Chelsea, you are talking about a team competing for the league and a team in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
"They have one of the strongest squads in the league - a squad of international players - and one of the best managers in the world.
"They don't really have any weaknesses. They have experience and class all over the pitch.
"It will be an extremely tough game, but we are looking forward to it. On home soil, we have to make sure we compete with them.
"It's a chance for us to showcase ourselves, with the game being watched by the world on TV, and put Swansea on the map again.
"I know what our players can do. We've had a difficult season and been inconsistent, but in certain performances we have shown what we can do."
And the Swans head coach is looking forward to going up against another of Europe's great managers on Sunday.
Already this season, Monk has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Rafa Benitez, Arsene Wenger and former bosses Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez.
In Jose Mourinho, Monk faces another of the continent's most successful managers, and it is a challenge that Monk is relishing.
"For someone like myself, it's great to go up against a manager like Jose Mourinho," he added.
"He's one of the best in the world. His record and what he's done in the game proves that.
"But, as I said, I don't fear it, I embrace it. I'll rise to the challenge, like I've done throughout my career."
English football to mark 25th anniversary of Hillsborough stadium disaster
As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick-off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.
The match at which the disaster took place - The FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 - was ended six minutes after kick-off at 3:06pm.
It means Sunday's fixture between the Swans and Chelsea on Sunday at the Liberty will kick-off at 4.07pm.