We're up for the challenge, says Monk

15th January 2015

Garry Monk insists his side are ready to rise to the challenge of facing Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday (3pm).

The Swans welcome Jose Mourinho's side to the Liberty Stadium aiming to build on last weekend's hard-fought draw with West Ham.

The Blues currently sit two points clear of their nearest rivals Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, while the Swans sit ninth.

Monk's side, who have lost only once in their last six matches, gave Chelsea a scare in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge when they took the lead during an encouraging first-half display.

The Swans were eventually beaten 4-2, but Monk insists his side will once again head into the game eager to test themselves against a "world class" side. 

"They are a fantastic team, with world class players all over the pitch," said the Swans boss. 

"It's probably the strongest squad that I've ever seen at Chelsea, and they have an exceptional manager as well. 

"For me, they are the favourites to win the league. They have competition, but they are one of the best teams in Europe.

"It's a really good challenge for us - the players and myself - to put on a performance that warrants a good result.

"There are chances in every game to score goals, and we'll be working hard to take the ones we get."

Meanwhile, Monk believes Bafe Gomis is ready to take on the mantle of leading Swansea's front line following the departure of Wilfried Bony, who completed his club-record move to Manchester City on Wednesday.

He added: "We're disappointed to lose a quality player and a big personality, but you have to do what's best for the club and the player. 

"He deserves this chance to play at the highest level in the Champions League, which is what he has always wanted.

"We prepared for this period anyway, with Wilfried going away. We've brought Nelson in, and we have Bafe. Hopefully they can both contribute to the team. I'm sure they will do well for us.

"Bafe is a different striker to Bony, but he's top quality in  his own right. He's proven that throughout his career, and he's proven it to me. He'll show in the coming games the quality he has."