Pre-season pain means plenty of gain for Swansea City, says Jordi Amat
23rd August 2014
Jordi Amat believes the Swans are already reaping the rewards from a gruelling pre-season after maintaining their perfect start with a 1-0 win over Burnley.
Nathan Dyer scored the only goal in the first half as the Swans followed up their victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford by seeing off Swan Dyche's newly-promoted side at the Liberty.
It means the Swans have six points from six in the Barclays Premier League, and Amat felt the club's preparations have helped them get off to a faultless start.
"It's the perfect start for us," said the Spaniard, who partnered Ashley Williams in the heart of defence.
"We have suffered a lot in pre-season - we were running a lot - but now we are reaping the benefits.
"We played well today - we were very impressive in the first half in particular. The second half was more difficult for us, and we had to defend very strongly.
"They worked very hard and put a lot of crosses into the box, but we did well in dealing with them. A first clean sheet of the season is very pleasing.
"It wasn't maybe the best performance from us, but we got the three points that we wanted, and that's the main thing."
New signing Federico Fernandez wasn't involved in Garry Monk's matchday plans as he stuck to the same squad that shocked Manchester United last weekend.
The arrival of the Argentinian international will bolster Monk's options at centre-back, with Fernandez joining skipper Williams, Amat and Kyle Bartley in the position.
And Amat believes the new arrival from Napoli will being added quality to the squad.
"Federico is a good friend of mine, and he will bring more competition for places at centre-back," added Amat. "That's great for the club - he's a very good player, and I know he will bring a lot of quality to the club too.
"It's great to have him here. I spoke to him before he arrived here and I told him what a great club this is.
"Now we are team-mates, and he will settle in very well here at Swansea."