Swansea City midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has records in sight
9th April 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to become a double record-breaker after his latest goal sealed a first ever Barclays Premier League victory over Chelsea at the Liberty.
The 26-year-old struck his 11th goal of the campaign - his ninth in his last 14 games - by volleying home from close rang after Jefferson Montero's cross was headed back into his path.
The goal moves Sigurdsson onto 25 Premier League goals in total for the Swans, which puts him level with former striker Wilfried Bony's tally.
Sigurdsson also hopes to break the record of fellow countryman Eider Gudjohnsen, whose 14 league goals during spells at Bolton (1999-2000) and Chelsea (2001-02) is the most by an Icelandic player in a single Premier League campaign.
"It was great to get the winning goal and to get to the 40 point mark is great," said Sigurdsson.
"I've got 25 goals for the Swans now which puts me equal with Wilfred Bony. Hopefully I will get another one and beat him before the end of the season.
"It is a fantastic feeling to reach that milestone and for a midfielder to be up there is very nice.
"I'm going to try and beat Eidur's record of 14 in one season but I am running out of games. I need three more before the end of the season, so that is my target."
The Swans were full of attacking intent against a Chelsea side that had gone 15 games unbeaten.
Montero proved a constant threat down the flank, while the hosts created a number of good opportunities against Guus Hiddink's side.
And Sigurdsson was full of praise for a performance which ranks as one of the best of the campaign.
"Something has changed in the team - we are more attacking since the beginning of the year," he added.
"The first half was the best performance of the season. We played on the front foot and put a lot of pressure on Chelsea in their half and that is the way we like to play.
"We want to continue that style. If we play attacking football the fans really enjoy it and we get a great reaction.
"It was great to have Jeff back in the side. He added a lot of width and speed and worked really hard defensively and made the difference for the team."
With victory moving the Swans onto 40 points, Francesco Guidolin's side sit 13 points clear of third-bottom Sunderland, who have two games in hand.
But Sigurdsson insists the Swans are keen to push on in the remaining five games as they look to move further up the table - starting with next weekend's trip to second-bottom Newcastle United.
"It meant a lot to us to get the three points today," he added. "We have a very tough run in with Liverpool, Leicester and Manchester City so the more points we can pick up the better.
"We go to Newcastle now hoping to get another three points.
"We are not too far from the middle of the table, so that is what we must now aim for.
"If we can get a few more wins you never know, but the most important thing was to make sure we secured our safety in the Premier League. Hopefully we have done enough now."