Federico Fernandez wants to do something special under Guidolin

Argentina centre-back Federico Fernandez believes manager Franceso Guidolin has reinstalled confidence in Swansea City players

Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez has backed his side to go on to bigger and better things next season, praising his Italian manager for putting smiles back on the players' faces.

Guidolin was recently given a two-year contract extension at the Liberty Stadium after having guided the Welsh club to safety.

The 60-year-old Italian took over the club when they were languishing in 18th place; however in the space of half a season he has managed to turn their campaign around in impressive fashion, and the Swans could now potentially achieve a top-half finish if they can beat Manchester City this afternoon.

And former Napoli defender Fernandez believes the club can move on to produce something special next year.

“There are smiles on faces now which maybe was not the case three months ago he told Wales Online

“In pre-season we were convinced we could win a cup or we would improve our position in the league, but football can be tough and we lost games and put ourselves in a difficult position.

“But we have recovered confidence under Francesco, he has motivated us to play well and we want to carry how things are now into next season and do something special for the club.”

There has certainly been a marked turnaround in form under the Italian, with the Swans picking up 24 points from their remaining 15 games, a stark contrast to their disappointing start to the campaign, which saw them pick up just 15 points by Christmas.

There was much uncertainty surrounding the future of Guidolin in recent weeks.

However Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said he was impressed by the way he had quietly gone about his business, and has duly offered him the chance to stay for the next two campaigns.

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