Swansea keeper warns City: The Vorm has turned
Published 22:26 10/03/12 By Ken Gorman
Michel Vorm is convinced he’ll be facing the Premier League champions at the Liberty Stadium today.
But if Swansea’s Dutch goalkeeper is handing Manchester City the trophy already, he fired a warning to them as well: “We can beat them – and we have something to prove against them.”
That vengeance mission stems right back to the opening game of the season when Swansea, freshly up from the Championship, were crushed 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
Vorm added: “They killed us in the end, after we had held them for nearly an hour.
“ It was a hard lesson for us, but a good one.
“We have learned well, I think, there is a big difference about us now, we’ve improved considerably.”
Such was City’s eventual dominance on that occasion that Vorm, on his debut for the Welsh side, pulled off 11 saves and was voted man of the match. “I remember thinking afterwards: ‘I hope it’s not like this every week!’” admitted the 28-year-old Vorm, who had joined Swansea from Utrecht for £1.5million barely a week earlier.
It was a harsh introduction to life at the top – but one that Vorm and his teammates absorbed with such gusto and determination that they have settled into midfield, winning the hearts of neutrals along the way with the pleasing style of their play.
And Vorm has kept 10 clean sheets – a record he is proud of and believes he can improve today.
Vorm warned: “I don’t think we are safe yet, but last weekend’s victory at Wigan was a an important one for us.
“I don’t think people will say we are playing like a team going out of the Premier League. We have shown we can win against anyone, especially at home. We’ve already beaten Arsenal, drawn against Tottenham and Chelsea. We drew at Liverpool as well.”
But Vorm added: “It will be tough for us, because I believe Manchester City are the best team in the league. “They may have a few injury concerns, but they have a world-class squad – the best squad in the Premier League. That’s why they will become champions.”