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Understanding key for improving Chico

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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CHICO Flores believes his improving performances have stemmed from a growing understanding with centre-back partner Ashley Williams.

The Spanish defender arrived at Swansea City in a £2 million move from Genoa in the summer and took a little time to settle.

Flores was sent off for a reckless challenge on Sunderland's Louis Saha in September and had to serve a three-game ban.

But since returning to the side the 25-year-old has looked more comfortable, and he credits Williams with helping him adapt.

"The barrier was always going to be the language because my English is not great, but thanks to Ash and the other players I have settled in very quickly," said Flores, talking through interpreter Angel Rangel.

"That makes it easier as a back two or a back four.

"As far as communication goes on the pitch, I know what I have to say — the main words — so it's going well.

"Ash has helped me a lot. We cover each other on the pitch which is what you need."

Flores rose to prominence at Spanish side Almeria and attracted the attention of Genoa, who paid 4 million euros for his services.

But the former Barcelona B man found opportunities hard to come by in Italy and was loaned to Real Mallorca last season.

Then Michael Laudrup brought him to South Wales.

"I'm loving life in Swansea so far. I'm happy, I'm playing and the team is getting points," said Flores.

"Overall, my life in Swansea is going great.

"Swansea are a different team to the others I've played for.

"They are probably the most similar one to how I grew up playing in Spain.

"They have a similar style and I'm very impressed because the way Swansea play suits me very well and makes things a lot easier for me.

"It makes everyone enjoy their football, and when you enjoy your football you enjoy your life. It makes you happy and that's when you play your best."

Flores helped Swansea to a clean sheet at the Emirates last weekend, while countryman Michu did the damage at the other end.

"Overall, the whole team played very well and it was a great performance. Arsenal is a very difficult place to come and get a result," added Flores.

"I was delighted with the three points."

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