Swansea City making good progress, says Argentina defender Federico Fernandez
24th July 2015
Federico Fernandez feels the Swans are on route to returning to their best after a testing pre-season programme.
Garry Monk's side were put through their paces with gruelling double training sessions after they returned from a post-season break as the focus turned to the 2015-16 campaign.
A successful tour of Germany saw match sharpness benefit from friendly games with Borussia Monchengladbach and 1860 Munich.
Monk used 22 players throughout both matches as the Swans boss monitored the majority of his senior squad.
The Swans continue their pre-season preparations this weekend, with friendly tests against Championship duo Reading (tonight) and Nottingham Forest (Saturday).
And Fernandez, a runner-up at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, believes Monk's men are making good progress as they look to follow up on last season's record-breaking campaign.
"I feel very good after the week in Germany," said the Argentinian centre-back. "It was a very positive week in terms of our preparations for the new season.
"Training was very tough, with double sessions on a lot of days, but this is what we have to do to get to the levels we feel we should reach.
"Everyone is working hard - the manager is pushing us and the players all have the right attitude to improve, which is important.
"We are all working hard together to make this another fantastic season for Swansea.
"I can tell already that we are improving and getting to where we want to be. Hopefully we can enjoy another great season."
The 26-year-old enjoyed a first season in British football following his move from Napoli last August.
Fernandez made 32 appearances in all competitions as the Swans finished eighth in the Barclays Premier League with a record tally of 56 points.
And he is relishing another campaign at the Liberty following an intense pre-season programme.
"This is my first pre-season at Swansea, and I'm really enjoying it. It's very intense, but I like that," he added.
"Last year I was playing in the World Cup and I didn't sign for Swansea until August, so I didn't get that much time to settle.
"But everyone was so welcoming and it all went very well, of course, as we had a great season. Now everyone is really looking forward to starting the new season."
Reading v Swans
Friday, July 24 (7.45pm) at Adams Park, Wycombe
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Nottingham Forest v Swans
Saturday, July 25 (3pm) at the City Ground
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