Today's media round-up
18th February 2014
The Swans bowed out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage with defeat at Everton last Sunday, while Thursday sees the return of the Europa League as Napoli visit the Liberty Stadium.
In today's media round-up, Roberto Martinez, Jonathan de Guzman and Gerhard Tremmel are all featured...
Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes Swansea City have been galvanised since Garry Monk became head coach.
Martinez's side knocked the Swans out of the FA Cup with a 3-1 fifth round win at Goodison Park last Sunday.
It was Monk's first defeat since taking charge but former team-mate Martinez has seen progress in their last few games.
"I think since Garry Monk has taken over everyone is fired up and everyone has a point to prove," he said. "I've seen them galvanised in the last two games.
"You need to give huge credit to the way Swansea played and Garry Monk [showed] a lot of bravery and that allowed it to be an open game"
Martinez played alongside and later made Monk club captain when he managed the Swans, and he believes that the future is looking bright for Garry Monk's men.
"There's a real desire to do well and a real desire to perform well and we all know that this Swansea side is good enough to achieve big things this season," he said.
"They're still involved in the Europa League and with 12 games to go in the league I think the future is very, very bright."
South Wales Evening Post
Gerhard Tremmel insists Swansea City must put their FA Cup defeat to Everton behind them and focus on Thursday's clash with Napoli.
Garry Monk's men were dealt a knockout blow at Goodison Park as two second half goals helped the Toffees to a 3-1 win.
That means Swansea's 50-year wait to reach the competition's quarter-finals goes on.
But Tremmel reckons there is no time to dwell on the defeat because Napoli's impending visit requires everyone's full attention.
"Naturally, it was disappointing to lose because we wanted to go further in the FA Cup," said the goalkeeper.
"We tasted success in a cup competition last season, and it would have been nice to do the same this year. But we are still in the Europa League and we have to look ahead to Thursday's game now.
"It promises to be a great occasion at the Liberty. Napoli are having a good season in Italy and we're under no illusions about how tough it is going to be.
"But we'll be focused, we'll prepare well and we want to get a good result ahead of the second leg."
South Wales Evening Post
Napoli could be without duo Pepe Reina and Gonzalo Higuain for Thursday's Europe League tie with Swansea.
Reina is currently out injured with a knee injury picked up in last weeks Coppa Italia semi final against Roma, while 18-goal Higuain is nursing a back injury and is a doubt for Thursday's game.
"Higuain sustained a knock on his back and we will have to evaluate his condition," said Napoli boss Rafa Benitez.
"It's too early to evaluate whether he will play on Thursday or not."
Jonathan de Guzman is looking forward to a "proper European night" as the Swans venture into new ground on Thursday night.
Garry Monk's side host Napoli in the opening leg of their last 32 tie, with the Swans hoping to take a lead with them in the return match at the Stadio San Paolo a week later.
The Swans take part in this phase of the competition for the first time, with a 3-0 win in Valencia the most memorable moment from a tricky Group Stage.
And de Guzman, who scored his third goal of the season in last Sunday's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Everton, is looking forward to locking horns with the Italians at the Liberty.
"Napoli is a very big game for us, it's a new step for us as a group and for the club," said the Dutch international.
"They are doing very well in their season and are a very strong side. It will be a great match to play in.
"I think it will be a proper European night. I'm looking forward to it, the teams is looking forward to it and it will be a great game to be involved in.
"It's a great match-up and we are home first and if we can get a good result at home, hopefully we can get a result out there."
With Swans head coach Monk currently working on his side's preparations, De Guzman also has some inside information on some of the players his team-mates can expect to face.
He added: "They are very strong up front. I played against one of their players, Dries Mertens, when I was in Holland.
"He has good quality as does Higuain and Callejon, and their midfield is very strong as well.
"I played against Higuain when I was at Villarreal and he has a real nose for goal.
"He is deadly and is always looking for opportunities. We all saw what he can do at Real Madrid and he is a big player for them.
"It's hard to watch lots of their games - I tend to watch the Spanish league.
"But I saw that in the Coppa Italia they lost the first leg to Roma and then came back very strong at home, and they have been showing that week in, week out.
"Given their home performances we need to come away with a result when we are at home. They are a different type of opponent but we are confident."