Swans hero's delight at win in Valencia
JONATHAN de Guzman admits European nights don’t come any better after Swansea City’s sensational win in Valencia.
Swansea kicked off their Europa League group campaign by chalking up one of the greatest results in the history of the club.
Wilfried Bony, Michu and de Guzman were all on target as Michael Laudrup’s men demolished a home side who were reduced to ten men just ten minutes in when Adil Rami walked for a professional foul.
“I don’t think if you had asked anyone beforehand what the score would be that they would have gone for 3-0,” de Guzman said.
“It was a great result for us. The red card had a huge influence on the game. After that we took control and we took our chances when they came.”
Rami’s red aided the Swansea cuase – but de Guzman insists Laudrup’s players always believed they could do something special at the Mestalla.
“It was an open game,” he added.
“They haven’t started the season well and they didn’t have the confidence they usually have.
“I know that in the Mestalla the fans will get mad if they don’t score early on - they start whistling.
“Maybe it could have been different if they’d had 11 men on the pitch but we took advantage of the red card very well.”
Swansea’s win was rounded off in style by de Guzman’s long-distance free-kick.
“I saw that they only had two men in the wall, but even then it was pretty far for my range,” he said. “But I thought I would try it and it turned out very well.”