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Fernandez: We must bounce back

The Swans were given a lesson in ruthless finishing by the newly crowned Premier League champions at the Etihad Stadium, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus finding the net in a 5-0 victory for the hosts.

The visitors gave themselves a mountain to climb after falling 2-0 behind inside 16 minutes, with the title winners finishing the job off in the second half.

The weekend’s results left the Swans four points above Southampton and Stoke City – both visit the Liberty in the final week of the season – with Carlos Carvalhal’s side boasting a game in hand over the Potters.

Just four games remain for the Swans, who host Chelsea at the Liberty next Saturday.

And Fernandez, who was forced off late in the game due to a knee injury, is looking for an instant reaction from the Swans squad.

“We were outclassed today," said the skipper.

“They are not Premier League champions for no reason. They deserve to lift the title because they have been different class throughout the season.

“They scored early and it was difficult to get back into the game from that point.

“It was disappointing for us because in the last few weeks we have fought back from going behind to pick up some decent points, but that was not possible today.

“It is important now to draw a line under this result and forget about it and move on quickly to focus on our next game against Chelsea.

“We must look to bounce back as quickly as possible. We have some big games coming up at home. We will go back and start to prepare for our next game to win more points.

“It is important we finish the season strongly and make the home advantage count. We need to push this week to be ready and we must understand that as a team.”

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