Date:Tuesday August 16 2011
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers said he was 'very proud' of his team despite starting their season with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City last night.
The Swans started off with promise at the Etihad Stadium, passing the ball well and dominating possession early on as they kept the scores unchanged at half time.
The hosts ended the opening 45 minutes much the stronger side, as they tested debutant goalkeeper Michel Vorm numerous times while the Swans also had the crossbar to thank twice.
Man City's growing control of the match made you think that a goal was soon on it's way, and after the 57th minute when they opened the scoring, they ran riot with 3 goals in an excellent 14-minute spell. £38million signing Aguero was the star of the show, coming on as a substitute, scoring 2 and creating 1 - his and Manchester City's final goal was a superb and unstoppable strike from 25 yards.
Rodgers said he congratulated his players despite the 4-0 scoreline:
"It`s a funny one when the scoreline is 4-0, but I said congratulations to the players in the dressing room afterwards,'
"I thought they put on a terrific show, although we understand that if we make a mistake at this level we will be punished.
"I`m positive. I was very proud on what was a big day in the history of this club. We demonstrated how we play and we showed we can play through teams even when they have world-class players.
"Games like this can go one of two ways — you can be daunted by the task or you can go out and show how you play.
"We played the way we play and I thought the result was harsh in the end.
"The players showed great quality and confidence on the ball and we looked like we could be a real threat in this league.
"We have to show that penetration, as was the case last season, but I believe we have the ability to do that.
"The two quick goals around the hour mark gave Manchester City confidence, though, and after that they were able to express themselves."
While it was harsh on the Swans to lose 4-0 after such a great effort in the first half. Manchester City could have won 6 or 7-0 but it was thanks to a superb debut from Vorm that it was only four.
Swansea City showed why they have such a good reputation of playing attractive football, and if they can continue that throughout the season, they should pick up enough points against the lesser teams in the division to avoid relegation.
Date:Tuesday August 16 2011
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