Angel Rangel reckons Swansea City will face a tactical test when they host Sampdoria in their final pre-season friendly this weekend.
Paul Clement’s men kick off the new Premier League campaign when they go to Southampton in eight days’ time.
The last warm-up game ahead of the Saints trip comes against Sampdoria at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday evening (5.15pm).
And Rangel believes the side who finished 11th in Serie A last season will provide the Swans with a stern examination.
“Italian teams are always tough to play against,” Rangel said. “They usually have tough players who have experience and know how to play the game.
“I am not sure if it will be an open game because Italian teams are very good tactically and also defensively, so it will be a good challenge for us.
“It will be good to see how ready we are for Southampton.”
The Swans won 2-0 at Birmingham City last weekend thanks to what Clement described as their best performance of pre-season.
And the vastly experienced Rangel feels progress is being made all the time.
“We are improving every day and every week,” he added.
“We have been working hard and we are making good steps forward in every single aspect of the game.
“America was good for us in the heat. Then we came back to the UK and played well against Birmingham.
“It’s important now for our fans to see the team before we start the season.
“The boys have been working hard and I think we are ready. Hopefully there will be a good crowd at the Liberty this weekend and we will have a good reception, a good game and a good result.”
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