Rangel hails Swans' "12th man"
25th May 2013
Angel Rangel hailed a fantastic season at Swansea City before paying tribute to the Jack Army for their role in the club's success.
The 2013-14 campaign came to a close last Sunday with the Swans finishing ninth in the Barclays Premier League and winning the club's first major trophy via the Capital One Cup in February.
A lap of honour following the home defeat to Fulham on the final day was the perfect way for fans, players and coaching staff to show their gratitude for what has been an incredible campaign for Michael Laudrup and co.
And Rangel, who featured in 33 of the club's 38 league games this term, revealed the Jack Army's support has been crucial in what has arguably been the Swans' most successful season in it's 100-year history.
"It's been a fantastic year - and in the club's centenary year too," said the Spaniard.
"To get to 40 points so early in the season was an excellent achievement. The wins at places like Arsenal, Newcastle and Liverpool - in the cup - were the highlights.
"Of course, winning the cup at Wembley was special for everyone connected with the club.
"But it's not just about the players. The fans have always been our 12th man - at home and away.
"They have been superb all season.
"They know how well we have done this year, and their support has been crucial this season.
"You could see the great connection throughout the season with the players and supporters.
"Even in the last game against Fulham, where we lost 3-0 at home, the fans were still singing away and supporting us.
"It was special for us to say thank you to them for their support with our lap of honour after the game."
Next season offers another adventure for the Swans, with the Europa League on the agenda following the club's Capital One Cup success.
And Rangel admits the challenge of competing in four different competitions is one which the players are looking forward to.
"It's a huge challenge for us next season. We are in the Europa League, and we are new to that competition," added Rangel.
"We are looking forward to it. We have to be ready because we will be in four different competitions next season.
"The first leg of the Europa League is in the first week of August, so we need to be prepared.
"I'm sure the supporters are already looking forward to that - just as much as the players are."
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