'We will only get better as we grow'
JONATHAN de Guzman insists Swansea City head to Southampton satisfied with their start to the Premier League season.
Michael Laudrup's side have won two, drawn one and lost three of their opening six top-flight games.
But their defeats have all come against sides expected to be competing for top honours this season.
Swansea have been beaten by Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, while Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty.
Next they take on a Saints side without the same star quality.
But Mauricio Pochettino's men have begun the new campaign brightly, climbing to sixth after losing just one of their opening half-dozen matches.
"We haven't played enough games so far to really see where we stand in the league. There are a lot more games to come," said de Guzman.
"We're still growing as a team, we're still learning off each other. It's a long season.
"Southampton are not a Manchester United, but they play good football and we prepare properly for every game.
"We had a tie against Liverpool after coming back in the second half and those away wins against West Brom and Crystal Palace were very important."
He added: "Playing the top teams hasn't been easy for us, but that shouldn't be an excuse. We're still a developing team and I think we will get better.
"This is a difficult league and anyone can beat anyone. We just have to make sure we don't make mistakes."
Swansea's involvement in the Europa League has meant increased squad rotation.
And de Guzman reckons that will help Laudrup's side by raising the level of competition for places.
"Everyone is trying their best and trying to make it as difficult as possible for the coach to name his first 11," added the Dutchman.
"We have depth, everyone knows they're going to get games.
"Our technical staff are doing their jobs and making sure we have plenty of information for the next game.
"We have good preparation and we can become a better team the more we play together."