Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

Stoke game a 'must-win' for Swansea in relegation fight

Swansea City look set for a scrapping end to the season as they are two points adrift of Hull City and safety with five games remaining.

The Italian made the surprising admission that he is anxious about how the players will react at the KCOM stadium and knows that subconsciously they will "relax".

"I did tell them that there are many reasons why they need to do their best".

But Mazzarri said he has been trying to get the message into his players" heads that it's still an important game and is "curious' to see what sort of performance they produce.

"I was a player once, unfortunately, subconsciously, if you reach your target you relax".

Swans boss Paul Clement worked with the defender when he was a coach with the Blues and said: 'If we stay up why wouldn't we be interested?

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The importance of beating Stoke is not lost on Clement with Swansea's next two games being at Manchester United and at home to in-form Everton. They were disappointed after Watford, but we spoke about how we can do better and the last couple of days have been very positive.

Swansea boss Paul Clement has defended Fernando Llorente against accusations that the World Cup victor does not work hard enough.

Asked about that at his press conference ahead of Saturday's trip to Swansea, Hughes said: "My interpretation is that a number of people didn't agree with my decision to take him off".

"You see odd results every week and you know you can't rely on other teams picking up or dropping points, it has to be about what we do".

"I think everybody can see he is getting stronger". They must now welcome a Stoke side that re-established its credibility with a 3-1 win last weekend, a victory that brought to an end a run of four straight losses and five winless games. He needs a goal, which is what all strikers need, just to settle into a club.

Goalkeeper Jack Butland was an unused substitute against the Tigers, returning to the matchday squad for the first time since fracturing his ankle just over a year ago. "But we should be going into the game confident that we can get the right result".

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