Williams' Champions League aim

Ashley Williams says he dreams of playing Champions League football with Swansea City, despite being linked with an exit earlier this year.

Last Updated: 03/11/13 at 16:43 Post Comment

Ashley Williams: Swansea defender dreams of Champions League football

Ashley Williams: Swansea defender dreams of Champions League football

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Arsenal and Liverpool were amongst the teams reported to be keen on the 29-year old, but he opted to stay at the Liberty Stadium where he has since been handed the captain's armband on a permanent basis.

Williams has helped the Swans get their season off to a positive start and he admits that competing for European football's most prestigious trophy with the Welsh club is his ambition.

"I am completely happy at Swansea but I would like to listen to the Champions League music once in my life," he told The Times.

"If we can go to the next step, that would be the dream come true. We're probably seen as a little bit more established, the big teams probably see us as little old Swansea.

"Most of us have not played in Europe before and we are prolonging it as long as we can."

Speaking ahead of the Premier League clash between Swansea and Cardiff City, Williams says that his team-mates are expecting a hostile atmosphere when they visit their south Wales rivals.

"The last time we played there, their fans had lined the streets, you knew pulling in on the coach it was not the usual game, they are all there welcoming you. There will probably be a few chuckles," he said.

"It is so intense, it is not normal, but you try to keep your emotions in check. You can't help but feed off the intensity of the crowd.

"Everything is tenfold. The games are always a bit cagey, close for a bit, then it normally gets a bit edgy. It is a massive day for the players and we are aware it is for the fans.

"I hear people say 'as long as we beat them, nothing else matters', but for me, it is the overall picture. I just hope there isn't anything silly outside the ground. We want the atmosphere, they can banter all they want."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to avoid a red card

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to stay on the field in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa does not deserve retrospective action after Emre Can stamp

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea's Diego Costa should be left alone to play football after a controversial outing on Tuesday.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company