Season is far from over, says Guidolin
31st March 2016
Francesco Guidolin has stressed the Swans' season is far from over as they head into the final seven fixtures of the season.
The Swans visit Stoke City on Saturday, with Guidolin's side currently on 36 points - ten clear of third-bottom Sunderland.
Three wins from the last four games - including a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa before the international break - has boosted the Swans' survival hopes.
But the Swans head coach underlined that his team has plenty of work to do before the season's finale.
"The season is not finished. It's important for us to prepare and play well in every game," said Guidolin.
"Four points could be enough (for survival), but Sunderland, Newcastle and Crystal Palace have a game in hand.
"So there is a lot to play for in the remaining games."
The Swans have welcomed back their international contingent following games for their countries, with all deemed fit and ready by Guidolin.
Jefferson Montero and Modou Barrow are due to train on Friday following their involvement with Ecuador and Gambia, though Andre Ayew misses out as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. The Ghanaian is expected to return in time for the home clash with Chelsea.
The Swans head to Stoke seeking their first Premier League victory at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters sit eighth in the table - just five points off a Champions League spot - and will be looking to do the double over the Swans following their 1-0 win at the Liberty last October.
And Guidolin was full of praise for fellow boss Mark Hughes - someone he knows all too well.
"Mark Hughes should be congratulated because he has done a very good job at Stoke," said Guidolin.
"I remember when he played for Chelsea against Vicenza in the Cup Winners Cup. I was manager at Vicenza - we won 1-0 in the first leg, and led in London. But he scored the final goal in a 3-1 win!
"He was a really good player, and now he's doing very well in management.
"Stoke are a good team and they have had an excellent season. They have very good players like (Xherdan) Shaqiri, (Ibrahim) Afellay, (Marko) Arnautovic and (Giannelli) Imbula.
"They play very well and this is a good season for Stoke. They can play freely now because of their position."
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