Swansea City's Michel Vorm: Top 10? Why not?
MICHEL Vorm believes Swansea City are capable of finishing in the top half of the Premier League table this season.
Swansea are currently in ninth place and host Stoke this afternoon, with the luxury of having already accumulated 30 points from their 22 league fixtures so far.
They are ahead of schedule in their bid to pass the 40-point mark which many consider to be the guarantor of top-flight survival, and Vorm reckons his side can surpass last term's achievement of finishing 11th.
"Of course we want to finish even higher than last year — you have to have goals," he said.
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"With the experience we have from last year, we are even better and we know what to expect now.
"We are learning with every game but the quality we have in the squad is better than last season.
"Can we get in the top ten? Why not?
"Everybody is fighting for their spots in the Premier League — Villa, QPR, Reading and Southampton, but also the likes of Newcastle and Sunderland are down there.
"We want to keep them below us and if we can do that it will be a wonderful season."
Vorm was in goal for Wednesday's 1-0 FA Cup third round replay defeat to Arsenal, leaving Swansea with the Premier League and Capital One Cup to concentrate on for the rest of the season.
Next Wednesday's second leg of their League Cup semi-final at home to Chelsea — in which they hold a 2-0 aggregate lead — could be one of the most important matches in the club's history.
But with Stoke visiting the Liberty today, Vorm insists Michael Laudrup's men cannot yet afford to ponder a potential trip to Wembley.
"The Premier League is still the priority," he added.
"We want to make sure we get to that 40-point mark as soon as possible.
"Stoke are a different team from when they are at home, so we will look to get something out of it, but we know it's going to be a tough match.
"If we could win to go to 33 points with 15 games to go it would be amazing."
Laudrup has already stated that Gerhard Tremmel will be Swansea's goalkeeper for the remainder of their Capital One Cup campaign.
The German played in the early rounds of the competition, and his solid displays have led the Swansea manager to keep faith with the 34-year-old.
If Swansea do secure their passage to a first ever major cup final when they face Chelsea next week, it seems Vorm will have to watch his team-mates from the bench at Wembley.
The Dutch international, however, has not even contemplated that possible scenario and is focusing purely on the Potters' visit this afternoon.
"I hope people are not thinking about Chelsea already but the squad is very strong this season and we have players who can come in and do very well," Vorm said.
"We have to look at games one at a time and I must say I have not even thought about Chelsea.
"We have to look at our positive points this season and at home we have been very good.
"Stoke's record away from home is not that good so maybe there's an advantage, but we know anything can happen in the Premier League.
"We have to beat Stoke.
"Chelsea is a different game and a big opportunity to go to a cup final, but today is the priority."