Francesco Guidolin: Swansea must maintain momentum against Bournemouth
Published 11/03/2016 | 11:06
Francesco Guidolin has called for Swansea to build on their recent revival and finish the Barclays Premier League season strongly.
Head coach Guidolin missed the wins over Arsenal and Norwich as he was in hospital with a chest infection, and the Italian will be absent again for Swansea's first top-flight visit to Bournemouth while he continues to recuperate at home.
But Guidolin is convinced that Swansea are now looking up the table rather than the relegation battle below them, with nine points between themselves and the drop zone.
"The important thing in this period is our position in the table," said Guidolin, who conducted the pre-match press duties but has been advised by doctors not to travel to the south coast this weekend.
"We had two important victories but it is not enough. It is not finished, I want more.
"I know our team is a good team and we can do better, we can finish the season very well.
"The Premier League is difficult and we cannot be sure, but the table is looking better for us.
"When I arrived in Swansea we had two points more than the teams in the relegation zone, now it is nine.
"But it is not enough. I want to see my team play well Saturday and for the remaining matches this season."
Guidolin has selected the Swansea team to play at Bournemouth, but first-team coach Alan Curtis will once more be calling the shots when it comes to kick-off.
Curtis, in fact, has the best record of the three managers who have been in charge during Swansea's fractured campaign.
The former Wales international, who was appointed interim manager following Garry Monk's December dismissal, has picked up 14 points from his nine games at the helm.
Monk collected the same number of points from 15 games, while Guidolin has five points from his five matches in command.
"Alan is my friend, he is the perfect person," said Guidolin when asked about Curtis' influence at the Liberty Stadium.
"We see football in the same way and he is important for me and the club.
"He is important for Swansea fans and the feeling is perfect between us."
Those back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Norwich have considerably relaxed Swansea's relegation concerns.
It has taken them to within seven points of the 40-mark generally regarded as enough for top-flight safety with nine games of the season remaining .
But Guidolin is reluctant to suggest how many more points Swansea need to be totally secure.
"We must look match by match," said Guidolin.
"The Premier League is difficult and I don't know how many more victories we must have.
"We won at Arsenal and it is possible another side in the relegation zone can win against a big team.
"It is important to understand nothing is impossible in the Premier League.
"We have to concentrate only on Saturday because it is a difficult match."