Swans determined to break their duck at the Etihad, insists Rangel
19th November 2014
Angel Rangel insists the Swans will travel to Manchester City believing they can finally break their duck at the Etihad Stadium.
Since their promotion to the Barclays Premier League, the Swans are yet to pick up a point in City's backyard from three attempts.
The Swans travelled to the Etihad in their first Premier League game back in August 2011, with a bright performance ending in a 4-0 defeat thanks to debutant Sergio Aguero's fine display.
The following campaign saw Carlos Tevez's second-half goal prove the difference in a 1-0 scoreline while, last season, Manuel Pellegrini's side ran out 3-0 victors.
Despite three defeats from those games, the Swans have been encouraged by their performances.
And, following a run of two wins and three draws from their last three league matches, Rangel believes the Swans will be buoyed by that run of form as they look to continue their fine start to the Premier League season which started with a first ever league win at Manchester United.
"We were on a good run of two home wins and a draw at Everton before the international break," said the Spaniard.
"The win over Arsenal gives us more confidence to go to Manchester City and get something. We are fifth in the table and three points behind Manchester City, which shows how well we have done after 11 games.
"We know we can perform there - we have played well every single time we have been at the Etihad, but we haven't picked up a point yet.
"That's something we'd love to change this Saturday.
"The team is playing with confidence. We want to push on more and see how far we can go.
"We need to be strong, use the ball wisely and take the chances we create.
"We know big teams like Manchester City expect to have most of possession against teams that will sit back and play on the counter, but our style is about being on the ball a lot so it will be an interesting game."