Full-back calls on fans to roar Cardiff to victory
The world will be watching tomorrow as Cardiff City take on Swansea in the battle for South Wales supremacy.
In what will be the first derby since 2011 and the first ever in the Premier League, a red-hot atmosphere is expected at Cardiff City Stadium and defender, Andrew Taylor is eagerly anticipating the match.
Three points are up for grabs, but Taylor has stated the game has an added importance due to the rivalry, saying: “It’s easy to think this is just another game but it’s a lot more than that and all of the players realise the importance of this match.
“There’s a lot more media spotlight on this game than usual and a lot of the fans have been stopping me in the street to tell me how much it means to them.”
Earlier in the season, Cardiff fans roared the team on to a famous victory over Manchester City and the man who has featured more than a hundred times for the club is expecting a similar atmosphere tomorrow.
When reflecting on that memorable afternoon in August, he said: “That was the best atmosphere I experienced in my career and if this game can top that then it would be great.
“I would encourage all the Cardiff fans to be passionate, vocal, get behind the team and sing all the songs. I’ve not experienced a rivalry of this sort before and it’s something I’m really looking forward to playing a part in.”
Having never played in a South Wales derby before, Taylor and his teammates have spoken to players who have experienced the tension on derby day to gain an insight.
“Over lunch we’ve had a chat with the lads who’ve played in the derby games and they’ve told us what to expect but ultimately words won’t do it justice,” he said.
“Swansea are a very good footballing team and have some very good players but there will be a lot of passion at stake tomorrow and hopefully we’ll have an edge.
“From the outside looking in, I always used to put this rivalry up there with Celtic vs Rangers and I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.
“The fact the game is in the Premier League is great for Wales and I hope it’s an enjoyable spectacle for people around the word. We’re both in the same league now which will make for a fantastic game.
“Cardiff is the capital of Wales and over the last couple of years, Swansea have been ahead of Cardiff in footballing terms but tomorrow we have an opportunity to put things right.”
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