Guidolin calls for courage

26 Aug

Francesco Guidolin has urged his Swansea players to be bold after wilting on their last Leicester outing.

Swansea: Guidolin calls for courageSwansea: Guidolin calls for courage

Swansea return to the King Power Stadium on Saturday just four months after a 4-0 defeat saw Leicester take a huge step towards winning the Premier League title.

That April afternoon was the heaviest defeat of Guidolin’s managerial reign at Swansea and he is determined to avoid a repeat as he comes up against his fellow Italian Claudio Ranieri again.

“I remember the last game, we lost 4-0 but we began very well.” said Guidolin.

“But when you lose a game 4-0 you cannot talk about this.

“We have to be courageous, compact and focused.

“This is a strong team we face and it is important to play a clever game.”

Swansea suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Hull in their last Premier League game, but they bounced back by beating Peterborough in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Scotland Under-21 striker Oliver McBurnie scored twice on his debut in that 3-1 victory and has been added to a squad still without injured record B£15.5million signing Borja Baston.

“Oliver is a young player who is improving, he has enthusiasm and fight,” said Guidolin.

“He is always with us in the training session and the future is for him.

“I was happy with the response at Peterborough because the cup is a dangerous competition.

“If you are not ready to play against teams in League One or League Two bad things can happen.

“But our attitude was good and now I am confident we are ready for Leicester.

“They have the Champions League this year, but I think they are ready to have another very good season and finish high up the table.”

Federico Fernandez also feels Swansea have a point to prove after losing 7-0 to Leicester on aggregate last season.

Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick in Leicester’s 3-0 win at the Liberty Stadium in December and then opened the scoring in the Foxes’ April romp.

“We did not play anywhere near the level we are capable of when we played Leicester last season,” Fernandez told the official club website.

“They deserved to win both games and we under-performed, which was very disappointing.

“We must go there and play a lot, lot better.

“We are capable of doing that and hopefully we can come home with three points.”


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