Positive start gives us confidence, says Fernandez

10th August 2015

Federico Fernandez believes Swansea's hard-earned point at Chelsea can provide a springboard for a successful 2015-16 campaign.

The Swans kicked off their Barclays Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, thanks to a debut goal from Andre Ayew and a penalty from Bafe Gomis.

Chelsea's Oscar put the hosts in front on the opening day, but Ayew fired the Swans level with a well-taken effort from close range to mark an impressive introduction to the Premier League.

Willian's deflected cross off Fernandez restored the home side's advantage, but Gomis ensured Garry Monk's side took home a point from the penalty spot after Thibaut Courtois was sent off for fouling the French striker.

And Fernandez insists Swansea's impressive showing at Stamford Bridge can provide them with a confidence boost for the season ahead.

"It's a very good result and a very good start to the season," said the Argentina international. "It was a good game for us at a difficult stadium, but the team did incredible.

"In the second half, after the sending off for Courtois, we controlled the game and performed well.

"They are the champions, they're a very good team, who are very good on the counter attack. For us, we showed great concentration throughout the game. 

"We're very happy because it gives us confidence for the season, especially for all of the new players.

"We will work hard for next weekend's game against Newcastle. This point is important, but we need to make sure we follow up with a win next Saturday."