Francesco Guidolin: Swansea City can have no complaints over Leicester City loss
27th August 2016
Francesco Guidolin admitted Swansea City could have no complaints about their defeat at Leicester City despite a late rally at the King Power Stadium.
Leroy Fer's goal nine minutes from time meant Leicester had to come through a nervy spell in the closing stages before celebrating their first win of the new season.
But by that point the damage was done from a Swans perspective, with Jamie Vardy putting Leicester 1-0 up at the break before Wes Morgan doubled the home side's advantage early in the second half.
And the Premier League champions would have been out of sight had Lukasz Fabianski not saved Riyad Mahrez's penalty.
"I think the result is correct because Leicester played well - better than us," Guidolin said.
"In the first half they played very, very well. They were strong like last season - a team playing good football with good intensity and aggression. Congratulations to Claudio (Ranieri) and his team.
"We prepared another kind of game this week but in the first half, we did not play very well.
"In the second half, some things changed. I spoke in the dressing room at half-time to say the game is not finished. It is not easy against them, but we played with more confidence and more optimism."
Having been on the back foot for most of the first period, the Swans had more possession after the break and at least gave Leicester something to think about in the last few minutes.
"It's true they scored another goal but we began to play a little bit higher and with more aggression and intensity," Guidolin added.
"At the end of the game we had the possibility to draw, although I think Leicester deserved the win.
"In the first half I was worried. We worked in the week on different solutions for us offensively, but we didn't have the possibility to play well."
Guidolin, meantime, has again suggested that there will be no last-minute transfer business at the Liberty once the Swans have completed their search for a new centre-back.
The club have agreed a fee with Barnsley for highly-rated defender Alfie Mawson.
"I don't know if that deal is done - I don't know yet if he will be our player so I can't say anything," Guidolin said.
"But I am happy with my group. We are working well. We are doing well in the training sessions."