Date:Tuesday March 29 2011
Swansea City legend Jimmy Hadziabdic says he is '90% certain' that his former club can win promotion to the Premier League.
The Yugoslavian, who was involved in Swansea's promotion to the old First Division 30 years ago, is confident that the Swans can repeat that success in May.
Hadziabdic has seen a lot of Swansea's games this season and he believes that they are the best team in the Championship:
'I am optimistic and I believe we can win promotion again. I see the style of the team and the way we play — the players are not afraid of anyone in this league.
'I have watched a lot of games this season — I have been at maybe ten or 15 and have seen others on television — and I don't see a team better than Swansea.
'I have seen Queens Park Rangers, Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff, and I am 90 per cent sure we will go up.
'I thought it at the start of the season — I told Alan Curtis and I told my neighbours that they could finish in the top two. So far, they are doing a very good job.'
Hadziabdic believes Swansea City have a great chance to go up in a 'weak League':
'We now have four strikers, with usually only one on the pitch.
'I was worried when the captain (Garry Monk) was out injured. If it wasn't for (Alan) Tate, we wouldn't have had an option.'
Hadziabdic's biggest disappointment of the season was the home defeat by Cardiff, when 'one loss of concentration' let Craig Bellamy in for a spectacular winning goal.
But he remains optimistic Swansea can get over the line — and reckons it is vital they do not end up in the play-offs.
'When you are in the play-offs you are gambling,'.
'Some of the Swansea players are not very experienced and when the whole season is decided in one or two games, there is lots of pressure.
'Sometimes I think teams can now read Swansea very well. Managers know where Swansea are very strong, and that is with the two wingers.
'Managers would try everything to stop them in the play-offs. I think (Darren) Pratley has not been as strong this year because managers have got to know about him.
'The same thing happened to me when I was playing my second season for Swansea — it is harder to do well when people get to know who you are.'
Date:Tuesday March 29 2011
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