Guidolin calls on players to play "without fear"
21st April 2016
Francesco Guidolin has called on his players to "play without fear" in the final four games of the season - starting with Sunday's clash against Leicester City (4.15pm).
The Swans travel to the King Power Stadium in what could be a pivotal clash at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Leicester know a victory will take them one step further to winning a historic league title, with second-placed Tottenham now just five points behind the Foxes.
Francesco Guidolin's men, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat against Newcastle as they look to end the season on a positive note.
"We have some tough games to end the season because we play teams who have important targets," said Guidolin.
"We still have to face Leicester, Liverpool, West Ham and Manchester City - some big clubs with lots to play for.
"But we must play without fear, with both courage and with character. Sunday is a very important match for us as well.
"Our season is not finished yet and we need points."
Nearly a year ago to the day, Swansea faced Leicester at the King Power with goals from Leonardo Ulloa and Andy King securing a 2-0 win for the Foxes.
That result was Leicester's third straight win as they went on to avoid relegation despite being seven points adrift at one stage with just eight games to play.
But fast-forward 12 months and the landscape couldn't be any different.
Leicester have continued their upward momentum and with just four games left they sit top of the Premier League as they bid to go on and achieve arguably the greatest title in English football history.
"I hope for him that Leicester can win the title because they deserve it," said Guidolin. "They have been top for many weeks and have played very, very well.
"It is a dream for them and for Claudio - you only had to see the tears in his eyes recently (after the Sunderland game).
"He has a lot of experience and tactically, he is very good."
Meanwhile, Guidolin also confirmed that he has held more talks with Chairman Huw Jenkins regarding his future at the club.
"I have spoken to the Chairman and he said that in two weeks, 15 days or three weeks' time he would decide about the future," he said.
"We have talked about players, staff, pre-season - lots of things. I came in to help save Swansea from relegation and to help us move up the table - my future is not important.
"But what is most important right now is the team and getting more points in the Premier League."