Guidolin aiming for fifth straight home win
12th May 2016
Francesco Guidolin has called on his players to end the season on a high with a fifth straight home win on Sunday (3pm).
The Swans face Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium as they bring the curtain down on the 2015-16 campaign, while the visitors know a positive result will secure Champions League football next season.
Guidolin's men also are searching for their fifth consecutive home win following wins over Norwich, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks.
The Italian was speaking at his first press conference since signing a new two-year contract on Wednesday and he hopes his side can finish on a high.
"First, I want to finish the season well," said Guidolin. "Hopefully we can get a good result against Manchester City and then I will look forward to working with the squad during pre-season and getting to know them a little better.
"Manchester City are a top four team and a team with great quality. They have important players but we have been playing well and I hope we can play like we have in our last two games."
Meanwhile, Guidolin, who arrived at the Liberty back in January, was understandably delighted after being handed a new two-year contract.
"I'm very happy because I won my first challenge," said Guidolin. "My first challenge was for the club to get to know me, and now we begin the next challenge and I hope to do well.
"I'm confident in myself and the results have helped me in the period since January - and for that I have to thank the players and my staff.
"I know I'm not a famous manager so it's been important for me to have this possibility to work in the Premier League and I'm very proud.
"But it's important we don't lose our identity. I want my team to play good football and achieve results. This season could be a lesson because in the last 10 years the club has always improved year on year.
"Sometimes it's important to have a season where things are complicated to understand and to learn new things, but the first aim is always to get 40 points in the Premier League."
Meanwhile, Francesco confirmed that Lukasz Fabianski will miss Sunday's game against Manchester City with the goalkeeper being given time off ahead of this summer's European Championships.