Taylor: Derby a real bonus for Wales
28th October 2013
Neil Taylor believes Sunday's first Barclays Premier League derby between Swansea City and Cardiff is a celebration for Welsh football.
The Swans head to The Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday (4pm) in what will be the first clash between the two sides in the Premier League.
And Wales international Taylor, who came off the bench in the Swans' previous trip to Cardiff in the Championship, feels the achievements of the two clubs will be highlighted as they do battle in the top flight.
"It is a proud day for Welsh football. We have two clubs in the biggest league in the world," said the left-back.
"This is a day that should be celebrated because two Welsh teams are playing each other in the Premier League.
"The rivalry is still there, of course it is, but the fact this game is taking place in the Premier League is a major positive for Wales and shows how far the clubs have come in the last few years."
While the hype surrounding the game raises a notch this week, Taylor insists it's still business as normal on the training ground for the Swans squad.
He added: "It would be wrong to say it's a normal game, because it isn't. Every game in the Premier League is a big, but this one more so.
"But we approach it in the same manner as any other game. It's the atmosphere on the day that can take you to another level - we saw that in the Sunderland-Newcastle game.
"We have to match Cardiff's competitiveness and be the first to second balls, and then hopefully our football will take care of itself."