With only a day to recover from a tricky game against Bournemouth, Palace now face a Swansea side somewhat rejuvenated under caretaker manager Alan Curtis, and Pape Souare believes the Eagles will have to be on top of their game against a team with a point to prove.
“It will be difficult because they are a good side and have strong players in attack, but we have prepared for playing these two games so close together, and everybody will be 100% concentrating on getting a positive result.”
The Eagles sit pretty in fifth following a run of five league games unbeaten (three of which have been wins), and Souare says the players have a unique team spirit which has seen them pick-up points in hard fought games.
“When I arrived I found a good team and I’m seriously very happy to be here and play with the players that we have. Everybody does their best to help each other and every day we are happy to play together, happy to train together, and I think that’s why we have got into the position we are in the league.”
Talk of Palace finishing the season in a Europa League place can’t be ignored, and it’s something the Senegalese is keen to be part of having played Champions League football at his previous club Lille.
“If we end up in the Europa League then of course it is a good thing for the club and players. I have experienced playing in the European competitions and if we were to achieve that at Crystal Palace it would be a good thing for my progress, but it’s all about the team.”