We can achieve great things - Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman
JONATHAN de Guzman believes Swansea City’s performance against the Premier League champions proves they can achieve something special this season.
Swansea lost 1-0 to Manchester City despite producing a superb display at the Etihad Stadium.
City barely had a clear-cut chance but managed to break the deadlock with a piece of individual brilliance from Carlos Tevez.
That was harsh on Swansea, who created and missed opportunities of their own.
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But de Guzman was in upbeat mood, claiming Saturday’s impressive showing is a sign of success to come.
“We were so close yet so far. I think we went close with a number of chances we created,” he said.
“We showed everyone that we can play football, it wasn’t just a good couple of weeks at the beginning of the season.
“If we continue like this, I think we can do very well in the league.
“If we can bring the same attitude to other matches and through the whole season, we’ll go very far as a team.
“This is a disappointing result for us. I thought we could have at least got a point, but that’s football.”
City were interested in signing de Guzman when he played in Holland, but the move never materialised.
On Saturday the Canadian provided glimpses of why he caught their eye with arguably his best performance in a Swansea shirt.
“At the time Feyenoord wanted a bit more money and they took someone else in the end,” said de Guzman.
“It’s something I don’t really think about. It went very fast.
“I’m happy at Swansea, I’ve been welcomed by the players and the fans. I wanted to play in the Premier League so I’m happy.
“Saturday was my best game. It’s always about adaptation with a new team and new players. Even on Saturday I was playing in a different position.
“There’s more to come from me.”
Swansea will need to repeat the high standards set in Manchester when they face Liverpool and Chelsea this week.
Laudrup’s side travel to Anfield for a Capital One clash on Wednesday before Chelsea visit three days later.
“If we can bring this momentum to the upcoming matches and the whole season, I think we can go very far,” said de Guzman.
“We’re developing into a unit. It takes a bit of time with a new manager and this is only our second year in the Premier League.
“There’s a lot of pressure in the second year.
“In the first year no-one really looked at Swansea but they set a high standard finishing 11th and doing a very good job.
“Now teams are watching out for us.
“There’s a good feeling in the squad at the moment.
“In training everyone pushes each other and it’s difficult for the manager to pick his best 11.”
Swansea will be reunited with former boss Brendan Rodgers on Wednesday.
The Northern Irishman moved to Anfield before de Guzman arrived in South Wales. But the 25-year-old has heard plenty about Michael Laudrup’s predecessor.
“The Capital One Cup is a tournament in which you can go very far and it’s a chance for us to mould as a team and get results against big clubs,” added de Guzman.
“I’ve heard great things about Brendan Rodgers from players and the fans.
“It will be a good match against a good team. It’s Liverpool, I think everyone is looking forward to it.”