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Clement enlisting RONALDO to help Swansea win their relegation fight

Date Posted,April 13, 2017

Paul Clement wants his Swansea stars to show the same bottle as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The third-bottom Swans’ manager believes Gylfi Sigurdsson, Fernando Llorente and Federico Fernandez can help move the Welsh club away from the drop zone – starting at Watford on Saturday.

And Clement recalls the time that Ronaldo calmed him down before a Champions League final with Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti’s former Bernabeu No2 said: “I remember the 2014 Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.

Last week’s loss at West Ham was the fourth in a five-game winless run for Swansea (Photo: PA Wire)

“I was behind Cristiano lining up in the tunnel, and I was looking at the trophy on the podium – it looked amazing.

“It took my breath away and Cristiano looked over his shoulder and said, ‘Don’t worry, Paul’. Now, that is confidence and that is belief. I wasn’t even playing in the game, but that’s what the big players have — they relish it.”

Despite a turnaround in results following Clement’s arrival in January, Swansea are winless in five games, losing four of them, and have dropped back into the relegation zone with six matches to go.

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid
See, Paul? No need to worry — Ronaldo with the trophy after that 2014 final (Photo: Getty)

Now the 45-year-old, who also worked with Ancelotti at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, wants his experienced players to step up.

Sigurdsson was part of the Iceland team that excelled at Euro 2016, Llorente is a World Cup and Euros winner with Spain and was a Serie A champion in his Juventus days and Fernandez featured for Argentina at the last World Cup.

Clement added: “Some of our players have played at big clubs, Llorente is an example of that. Tottenham are a big club, some of our players have played for them, recently.

Fernando Llorente of Swansea City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Burnley at Liberty Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.
Llorente has the big-game experience to lead Swansea’s youngsters on the tense run-in (Photo: Getty)

“Llorente, Sigurdsson and Fernandez are players who know what it’s like to play in big games. We have young players who are new to this, with very few Premier League games.

“What you hope from the experienced players, and they have been very good, is that they try to galvanise the dressing room and give their advice and experience to the younger ones and help them.”

Swansea will be without vice-captain Jack Cork for the Watford clash after the midfielder suffered an ankle injury last week.

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