Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin is focusing on Liverpool
29th September 2016
Francesco Guidolin has insisted his only concern is beating Liverpool this weekend - and urged his players to play without pressure.
Guidolin faced questions about his future at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's clash with Liverpool.
But the Swans boss batted away talk about his situation, stressing instead the need for his players to relax.
"At the moment the most important thing for me is to work with my players on the training ground to prepare for the next game," Guidolin said.
"At the moment my position is not important, Swansea's position is important.
"The most important thing is that we get a good result to improve our position. It's clear for me, it's clear for the chairman, it's clear for everyone - it's important to win games.
"We have to focus and concentrate. I know it's not a good moment for us because the league table is not good and we need results.
"But I think we can get results if we play well. I am confident because the team is good - we have good players.
"If we play on Saturday like we did against Manchester City, I think we can get a good result."
The Swans take on an in-form Liverpool side having banked only one point from five Premier League games since their opening-day triumph at Burnley.
But Guidolin believes his players have the quality to trouble Jurgen Klopp's high-flying Reds.
"One of the best things for me since I came to the Premier League has been getting to know my players," he added.
"I like working with them very, very much. The best moment of the day is when we can work together on the training ground.
"I have seen them work very hard, with passion, and I know they are behind me. This is important.
"On Saturday they have to play with freedom. They have to play without pressure and it is my job to make that happen.
"They have to show their qualities because they are a good team."
Guidolin on Liverpool
"We need a big performance, with character and courage.
"It's not easy because I think at the moment, Liverpool and Manchester City are the two best teams in the country.
"But these are the fixtures we have to play and we will see.
"Jurgen Klopp is a very good manager. He has a good team and I like his style. I think in the future, he can get very important results with Liverpool."
Guidolin on Leon Britton
"He has been important in this period. He is our captain and the qualities he has are very important for us.
"It's good for us to have a player with experience, qualities and character in our team."
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