'We go again - we must believe'

14th December 2017
First team

Mike van der Hoorn reckons Swansea City should head to Everton with belief on Monday despite their mauling by Manchester City.

The Swans were overrun by Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City side on Wednesday night.

It was a chastening evening for Paul Clement’s players in front of their own fans, as the Premier League leaders cruised to a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

But van der Hoorn believes the Swans should look to build on last weekend’s win over West Brom, rather than dwell on what happened against City, when they go to Goodison Park.

“We have just played the best team in the league and now we have to move on,” the Swans defender said.

“We have to pick ourselves up and believe in ourselves on Monday night, when we go again against Everton.

“They are a different opponent. They have been going well recently, but they are not like Manchester City and we have to believe we can get something there.

“We have to forget the Manchester City game and build from what happened against West Brom.

“We have to take the momentum and the confidence from the West Brom game because I think that was more like the sort of challenge we will normally face.”

The Swans competed with City for 27 minutes, but were on the backfoot from the moment David Silva put the Premier League’s top club in front.

Silva later netted a second goal, while Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero were also on target for a City side who Clement described afterwards as one of the best he has ever seen.

“They are 11 points ahead of the rest and that is not for no reason,” said van der Hoorn.

“You could see how good they are. We tried hard but they were too good for us.

“We did okay until the first goal, then you could see our confidence dropped. The second goal was like a bomb for us and you know then it’s going to be hard.”