A 2-2 draw against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday was just another one of many impressive performances by Garry Monk’s Swansea side.
The Swans finished eighth last season in what was Monk’s first full campaign as a Premier League manager, despite losing arguably his best player Wilfried Bony to Man City halfway through the season. So for Swansea to continue improving highlights just how good of the job the former centre-back did last season.
It was a fantastic season for Swansea and they showed some new sides to their game. Sides that weren’t their before Monk arrived.
The Swans were already well known for playing good, patient, easy-on-the-eye passing, but Monk has managed to improve the side defensively by giving them a greater steely mentality throughout the team and making them far harder to break down. Proof of this is clear for all to see; they kept 12 clean sheets last term.
Monk made Swansea into a tougher team to break down, but he still ensured that they had the cutting edge going forward but weren’t quite as possession based as they were under Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup. They are able to soak pressure up now far better than before, and break away quickly in the counter attack.
As well as that, Monk managed to cut out the errors they would often make by trying to play out from the back. Instead he made the Swans a bit more aggressive in terms of the way they attacked, with a higher tempo than before, and his side looked much better for it.
Moving on to this season, and the Swans will look to build on their impressive performances of last season and go even better than eighth; and if Saturday’s showing is anything to go by, another good season is well on the cards for Monk’s men.
The 2-2 draw at Chelsea was impressive. They took the game to Jose Mourinho’s side and very few could argue that the Swans didn’t deserve to take all three points away from Stamford Bridge.
The Swans created many chances against the best side in the Premier League and showed that they are a real threat going forward by constantly getting in behind the Blues’ defence, or up the sides with the pace and skill of Jefferson Montero.
They could’ve quite easily won the game if luck was on their side, as the two goals they conceded were certainly very unfortunate. The second goal especially, where a loopy deflection off of Federico Fernandez found it’s way into the far corner looping over the helpless Lukasz Fabianski.
Nonetheless, they were many positives for Swansea to take from that game. It would not be a surprise if the Swans had another good season, went even further in the Premier League and even pushed towards European qualification.
The basis of a good side is there and if injuries don’t hit Monk’s men too much, his first eleven is more than capable of testing the best in the league.