Swansea City winger Jefferson Montero: Sunderland test is first of three finals
9th December 2016
Jefferson Montero believes Saturday's Premier League clash with Sunderland is the start of "three cup finals" for the Swans.
In a fixture between the Premier League's bottom two clubs, both teams go into the game knowing victory could lift them out of the relegation zone.
The Swans face a Sunderland side that has been rejunated of late, having won three of their last four games.
Bob Bradley's side, meanwhile, were denied victory by a last-gasp equaliser at Everton before he tasted his first success as Swans boss in the last home game - a thrilling 5-4 win over Crystal Palace.
But last weekend's 5-0 loss at Tottenham saw them slip back to the bottom of the league.
The match against David Moyes' side is one of three crucial fixtures within a week, with trips to West Brom and Middlesbrough to follow.
And Montero believes it is crucial the Swans respond against the Black Cats.
"We are bottom now and I'm sure that we can get out of it and improve a lot," said the Ecuadorian, who made his first league start of the season last weekend after a calf injury and fractured bone in his hand hampered his campaign.
"But right now the most important thing is Saturday's match - Sunderland is our first final.
"I think these next three matches in the space of a week will be crucial for us. These three matches are like cup finals for us.
"It's a six pointer against a direct rival where we have the opportunity to win for the second time at home.
"Against Sunderland we need to be perfect - they're a big rival, they are playing very well and they've got good players.
"They have the motivation and will want to beat us but we're at home and I think none of us need motivation because we know how much is riding on the match."
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