Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman: It is an honour to be part of big game
JONATHAN de Guzman admits he's still learning about the rivalry between Swansea City and Cardiff as the midfielder prepares for his first South Wales derby.
The Dutch international is well aware of the intensity of such games having come through the ranks at Feyenoord, whose clashes with Ajax are renowned the world over.
And he played in matches against near neighbours in Spain, his last appearance for parent club Villarreal coming in a last-minute 1-0 defeat to fierce foes Valencia.
But de Guzman is only now being brought up to speed on hostilities in this part of the world.
"Derbies are great games to play in, because of the atmosphere and the fans in the build-up," said the midfielder.
"People across the world are looking forward to this. It's a big game in the Premier League and hopefully one we can win.
"I didn't know much about it before I came. The more time I spend here the more I know about the rivalry."
The 26-year-old is expected to help Leon Britton anchor midfield when Swansea run out at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
After often featuring from the bench in the early part of the season, de Guzman returned to the starting line-up to score a stunning goal against Sunderland 12 days ago.
And he also began last weekend's goalless stalemate with West Ham.
"This is a big game for everyone, for the city, all the people here and the club itself. It'll be an honour to be a part of it," said de Guzman.
"I'd like to contribute to this game. It's a match for all of Wales, I guess. It's going to be a fun game.
"Last week was a very important week for us, playing three games, so we didn't really talk about Cardiff.
"From now on we can talk about it."
After two seasons without the fixture, Cardiff's promotion to the Premier League last May means it's now back on the agenda. Swansea also have European commitments to consider this season, but coming out on top against their rivals remains important.
"The main target is to stay in the Premier League and playing in the Europa League is a big step forward," added de Guzman.
"In the Premier League Cardiff v Swansea is a big bonus for us, for both cities. I think both should be proud of it."