The 2010/11 season is a campaign that Swansea City fans won’t want to forget about in a hurry.
It was the year that Brendan Rodgers’ side won promotion to the Premier League, after a dramatic Play-Off final win over Reading at Wembley.
In an exclusive interview with Football League World’s Jacob Potter, Angel Rangel labelled the game against the Royals as the biggest game of his career to date, and described promotion as a life-changing moment.
“The biggest game of my career, no doubt about it because of what it meant and having worked so hard to get to that point. Winning it, it was the life-changing moment of everyone at Swansea’s career both as a club and individuals.
“Only a few years before that moment, they were close to disappearing, so it was a big big moment. From then, we kept going up.”
Swansea went into the break with a three-goal lead after a faultless display going forward. Rangel revealed what the atmosphere was like in the dressing room at half-time and described the game-changing moment in the game at Wembley, as Swansea won promotion to the Premier League.
“Brendan saying that it’s not over, stay focused, if they score one then they’re back in the game. We were saying the same, and Brendan said that it was down to us and how we play the game.
“If you manage the game well, it could be a lot more goals for us and could have been the biggest score in a final. We came out and it went 3-1, then 3-2, they hit the post, Garry Monk cleared off the line, and if they go in, then Reading get promoted and we would never have reached the Premier League. That’s football though.
Rangel was full of praise for Brendan Rodgers, who guided Swansea to their first promotion into the top-flight, whilst also revealing which manager he holds in high regard.
“It’s difficult to pick one as everyone has helped me through the process, as some helped me more defensively and some more offensively. If I wanted to pick the most complete manager that Swansea had in my time with the club, I’d say Brendan.
“He ticked all the boxes he took care of every single detail of the game and sessions. I have to mention Michael Laudrup though as he’s the one that I had my best season at the club under in the Premier League.
“I scored three goals, and we finished in the top-ten, winning the EFL Cup, taking us to Europe. We played the best football, so you need to put things into consideration as there are a lot more managers that I’ve worked under but these two are the ones I would say had an impact on me the most.”
The next segment of Football League World’s exclusive interview with Angel Rangel will be live on the website tomorrow, when we chat to the defender about his exit from Swansea City.