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Francesco Guidolin confident despite Swansea absentees

Published 14/05/2016

Francesco Guidolin will rest several players for Swansea's final game
Francesco Guidolin will rest several players for Swansea's final game

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin insists his weakened side can ruin Manchester City's Champions League ambitions.

Skipper Ashley Williams, fellow defender Neil Taylor, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and joint top scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson are all rested for the Liberty Stadium clash ahead of their involvement at Euro 2016 next month.

Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is also missing as he has returned home to undertake four weeks of duty in the South Korean military, while Jefferson Montero and Alberto Paloschi are likely to be ruled out by hamstring injuries.

The lengthy list of Swansea absentees would appear to represent grim news for Manchester United's bid to take fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League from City, and the European prize that comes with it.

United need to beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford to keep alive hopes of a top-four finish, but City require only a point from Manuel Pellegrini's farewell fixture to guarantee incoming manager Pep Guardiola Champions League football next season.

Swansea, however, are in fine form with six wins in their last 10 games, and last weekend's stunning 4-1 victory at West Ham was achieved without several of their first-team regulars.

"Our team is a good team and our players are good players," said Guidolin, who will be in charge for the first time since signing a two-year contract to extend his stay as Swansea manager.

"The aim is to finish the season well with a good game against Manchester City and get a good result for our position in the table."

Swansea would claim a top-half finish for the second successive season were they to beat City and Stoke lose at home to West Ham.

Their late-season rise under Guidolin's command has been based on strong home form, with Norwich, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Liverpool all beaten at the Liberty Stadium since the start of March.

"I hope I can make it five home wins, but it's not simple," said Guidolin.

"Manchester City are a top-four team. They are a team of great quality and they have many important players.

"We can play well on Sunday and I hope to see my team play against Manchester City like they have played in this recent period.

"To stop them getting into the Champions League is not a motivation.

"Our motivation is our target, and our target is to improve our position in the table."

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