Swansea City’s South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng is hoping that his side can perform another upset on the opening fixture of the Premier League against defending champions Chelsea on 8 August.
The Swans had pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford on the first day of the 2014-15 season. Ki scored the opening goal before Gylfi Sigurdsson’s strike sealed the upset victory over Manchester United.
“We had the perfect start last year which set us up for the rest of the campaign,” Ki told the club’s official website. “It’s going to be tough, but hopefully we can do the same again.”
“Our preparation has been good over the last six weeks. We’ve trained very hard and everyone is ready to go.”
The 26-year-old was quick to point out however, that an away match against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was probably the hardest possible game for The Swans.
“They are the defending champions – and worthy champions at that. They were such a good, strong team last season with quality throughout the squad,” Ki said.
“I’m sure the fact that it’s their first game at home will give them extra desire to win, especially having lost to Arsenal on Sunday. It’s going to be a challenge, but one we are all looking forward to.”
Ki, who is the captain of the South Korean national side, was one of Swansea’s top performers last season, scoring eight goals to help the club attain their highest ever finish on points in the Premier League.
Manager Garry Monk has already brought in attacking reinforcements this season by signing Portugal striker Eder from Sporting Braga and Ghana forward Andre Ayew from Marseille.
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