Guidolin continues to defend Swansea despite Leicester drubbing

The Italian insists he was happy by the effort shown by his side during their 4-0 defeat at Leicester City last weekend.

Swansea City boss Francesco Guidolin has reiterated his support for his players following their 4-0 thrashing at Leicester City last weekend. 

After losing 3-0 at relegation strugglers Newcastle the previous week, the Swans suffered their heaviest defeat of the season at the hands of Claudio Ranieri's men, placing Guidolin in the firing line of angry fans. 

Having started the game without a natural striker, Swansea rarely looked capable of worrying the league leaders, who needed just 10 minutes to breach a defence that has placed Guidolin under an increased amount of pressure in recent weeks. 

With the 60-year-old's short-term contract due to expire next month, speculation surrounding his future has intensified, with former boss Brendan Rodgers even mentioned as a possible successor. 

However, the Italian has remained defiant, insisting he has no complaints over the effort and application shown by his side at the KingPower, adding there were actually plenty of positives to take from the game. 

According to Wales Online, he told reporters: “Against Newcastle it is true we did not play a good game and probably after Chelsea we had a moment where we relaxed, but against Leicester? No.

“Against Newcastle I was disappointed, it was not a good game for us, but against Leicester we were ready to play well and we played well. First half we started well. We had a good warm-up, where I was on the pitch, and we started well. After 25 minutes we had two corners, two free-kicks, they had nothing.

“But on 25 minutes they had two corners and then they got the goal [Leonardo Ulloa scored Leicester’s second after 30 minutes]. After it was 2-0 and it was difficult; they are first in the league and wanted to play normally, with space in front, but our play was very good. When you lose 4-0 you should be silent, but in my opinion we were ready to play well and we did play well. Not in the second half, but we fought, and the difference between Newcastle and Leicester was very different.”

The comments are unlikely to aid Guidolin's relationship with the fans, many of whom have questioned the commitment shown by some of the club's players over what has been a disappointing season.

Having amassed 40 points, the prospect of relegation looks highly unlikely for the South Wales side, but Guidolin insists there will be no room for complacency over the remaining weeks of the season, adding that his players will adopt a "cup final" mentality when they host Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

“They [the players] are working well. Perhaps it could be, in the Premier League, that this is usual when you get to 40 points. I have seen Bournemouth, Stoke, Watford, Palace and West Brom in our situation stay around the same points for some weeks and I don’t know if it’s usual. It’s a new world for me.

“But I have spoken to my players and I am convinced they will play in the right way, as if there are three finals."

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