Angel rangel ready for rest after Swansea City's hectic season start
ANGEL Rangel admits Swansea City are ready for a rest after a busy start to the season.
Swansea players not involved with their countries are using the international break to recover from a demanding August.
Michael Laudrup's side began the campaign with a two-legged match against Malmo and went on to play four other matches during the month before the trip to West Brom last Sunday.
Rangel reckons that workload has taken its toll, and the 15-day break before Liverpool visit is a good opportunity to recharge the batteries.
"I think it has come at the right time, and it is a welcome break," said the right-back.
"We had a difficult August with so many games to play, especially the ones that we knew we needed to win to advance in the Europa League.
"We managed to get through that, but we also had a difficult start in the Premier League. But after the win over West Brom it's nice to have that break so we're ready for the challenges ahead.
"That game (West Brom) was a cup final for us, because it's not nice when you see yourself at the bottom of the table on zero points.
"The points were also not only vital to us, but for the fans as well.
"Even though it is early in the season, the win gives us confidence going into the next game against Liverpool."
Swansea have already played seven times this season, while September promises to be just as gruelling.
After that game with Liverpool, Swansea face trips to Valencia, Crystal Palace and Birmingham before hosting Arsenal at the Liberty.
"We knew we had to get past Malmo and then we went to Romania and got through that as well," added Rangel.
"We knew it was going to be tough, but I think the squad has done well, and after the win against West Brom everything is a little bit better."
Meanwhile, Alan Tate has returned from his loan at Yeovil to have treatment for a groin injury that will sideline him for six to eight weeks.