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Spanish right-back sees a bit of the Catalans in his Welsh team, and admits he has been taking advice on how to improve his game from his mother

They may be in for a long hard season in the Premier League but that hasnt stopped newly promoted Swansea City trying to play like Barcelona, says right-back Angel Rangel.

The Spaniard believes his team are mirroring the European champions - widely regarded as the best team of their generation - and praised managed Brendan Rogers for his 'Pep Guardiola' approach.

When asked to compare Rogers to former Swans boss Roberto Martinez, Rangel told Absolute Radio: "[They are] both very different managers. On the one hand I would say they’re equal, they have similar philosophies in terms of passing style, with a combination of players in the wings, so that’s similar.

"I think the difference is probably that Brendan has put something different in the team, the offensive and defensive transitions and we’re trying to copy Barcelona, but you can’t really compare.  It’s good I think, the pressure from the front to the back, which makes us stronger on and off the ball.

"The quality of the signings as well [are good]. He’s brought in so many quality players which have made a difference for us, even in Championship and now in the Premier League."
But Rangel's biggest influence is closer to home, as he admitted he had been taking tips on his game from his mother, who has encourgaed the full-back to get further forward.
"I always say [I should attak more], and even my mother says it, that the best form of defence is attack and as an attacking full-back if I don’t attack I don’t play my game," he added.

"I’ll go home like I haven’t played the game I should have.  So yeah, I have to be more careful, but at the same time the team is being worked in a way that we have to avoid getting caught in every single position."

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