Swansea City sits six points clear of safety after 11 matches of the Premier League season, and South Korean midfielder Ki Sung-yeung branded the team a “crisis club” on international duty.
New manager Bob Bradley would use different words to describe the 19th place side, which has gained a single point from Bradley’s first four matches in charge.
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Under Bradley, Swansea have drawn Watford but lost to Arsenal, Manchester United, and Stoke City. The manager says the team needs more leadership on the field, but doesn’t think it’s a crisis.
“I would not say crisis,” said Bradley, whose team travel to Everton on Saturday (10 a.m. EDT kick-off).
“We certainly understand we are in an important stretch, need results, need this confidence boost.
“We have to be strong, we have to understand that it’s not just about one part of football. We have got to be better in many ways.”
Oddly enough, Bradley’s comments apply almost as well to one of the sides he used to manage: the United States men’s national team.
Everton is a tough opponent, especially at Goodison Park. The Toffees are unbeaten at home through five matches, with three wins, while Swans have snared three of their five points away from the Liberty Stadium.