Federico Fernandez: Swansea City have "lots to learn" from Francesco Guidolin
1st February 2016
Federico Fernandez believes the Swans squad have "a lot to learn" from new head coach Francesco Guidolin.
The experience Italian guided the Swans to victory in his first game in charge last Sunday - a 2-1 triumph which was the club's first league win over Everton.
The Swans moved four points clear of the dropzone courtesy of goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew ahead of Tuesday night's trip to West Brom.
And Fernandez, who is hugely familiar with Guidolin's tactics having played against Udinese on a number of occasions during his time in Serie A with Napoli, feels the squad can benefit greatly from the 60-year-old's knowledge.
"When I played for Napoli against Udinese, they always played good, aggressive football," said the Argentinian international.
"Francesco did a very good job at the clubs he managed in Italy, particularly at Udinese. He has a very good reputation there.
"In Italy, every week we worked on shape and position of every player on the pitch because it's important to keep the lines of defence, midfield and attack close together.
"When you have the ball the preference is to play and attack. Everyone saw that at Udinese under Francesco, and they were a great team to watch.
"Now we are learning different aspects of tactics from him, so we've done a lot of hard work already.
"He works every day to change something, whether it is formations, set-pieces or strategy.
"We have a lot to learn from him because he has so much experience and knowledge, and we are getting better every day."
Guidolin now prepares for his second consecutive away game in charge, with the Swans heading to the Hawthorns to face a West Brom side they beat 1-0 on Boxing Day.
Victory would move the Swans ahead of the Baggies on goal difference, but Fernandez is expecting another tough test against Tony Pulis' side.
"It is always a very difficult game when you are away, particularly against West Brom who have big, strong players and are good at set-pieces," said the centre-back.
"But for us, the message is to play a good, aggressive tempo when we have the ball and defend as one when we aren't in possession.
"In the last two games we have picked up six points, which is very important in terms of confidence going into this match.
"And, of course, we won in Francesco's first game in charge. I think we could see the benefits from the changes he has made against Everton."