Swansea City striker Michu lays it on the line ahead of Norwich City’s Premier League visit
06:30 29 March 2014
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Swansea City’s Spanish striker Michu insists three Premier League points at Norwich City’s expense would be on a par with Wembley League Cup final success against Bradford.
Michu scored in a 5-0 romp against the Bantams last season to lift the Swans’ first major title in their history during a prolific 22-goal debut campaign. The 28-year-old has recently returned after a long injury lay-off to bolster the Welsh side’s battle to beat the drop and Garry Monk’s squad can overhaul the Canaries with a win at the Liberty Stadium after a morale-boosting midweek draw at Arsenal. Michu made his first start at The Emirates since the corresponding 1-1 league game at Carrow Road in December and the forward is desperate to play his part over the run-in.
“Saturday against Norwich is one we still need to win,” he said. “We have had too many games without a win, we are at home, with our crowd, we need to win. It’s a massive, massive game. For me it’s like the game against Bradford at Wembley, a final we have to win.
“It was good to get that first start and I was very happy to do that. The result was so important for us because a point at the Emirates, against a team fighting for the title is very good. It is the worst feeling for a player when you are out and you cannot help.
“It has been very, very hard, but now I am happy I can help the team do what we want. It hasn’t been a good season for me because of the injuries. Sometimes that is the luck, but now I am very happy because I am back and I am always happiest when I am on the pitch.”
Wilfried Bony has carried the goalscoring burden in Michu’s absence with his 20th of a productive debut season coming against the Gunners. Swans’ team-mate Neil Taylor admits the man labelled a ‘beast’ by his boss Monk has been vital during an inconsistent league campaign.
“He’s a big player for us,” he said. “He’s an outlet and he’s something different that we haven’t had. It’s becoming apparent that we can cross the ball into the box now as a team. You can put it into any area and he just goes and wins it. Wilf’s great in the air and he’s constantly telling us in training all the time to cross the ball more because that’s where he feels he’s best so that’s what we aim to do.”