Roberto Soldado’s penalty kick prowess has already laid waste to Swansea City once this season.
Our Spanish striker fired home from 12 yards to give us a 1-0 win over Michael Laudrup’s side back in August.
And as we get set to meet the Swans again in Wales on Sunday, the former Valencia marksman has revealed the rock-solid mentality he has to employ every time he steps up to do the honours from the spot.
“I think the most important thing is that you have to trust in yourself, trust in your own ability and if you don’t start off with that mindset from the very beginning then it’s better that you just leave it for someone else to take the penalty,” said Roberto, whose 100 per cent record from 12 yards this term has seen him convert penalties in wins against Crystal Palace, Swansea, Hull and Stoke in the Barclays Premier League, as well as in December’s UEFA Europa League win at home to Anji Makhachkala.
“I have to say that up until now I have been very lucky but obviously that can change at any time.
“I do train a lot in order to be able to maintain this high level when it comes to taking penalties and even though it looks simple, it looks quite straightforward, at the end of the day you have to pay a lot of attention.
“There is a lot to lose and very little to gain if you miss.”