Francesco Guidolin believes Swansea City are now safe in the Premier League after what he saw as their best performance since he took charge in a 1-0 win over Chelsea.
The Swans’ third win in four games, courtesy of Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute volley, moved them to the 40-point mark usually regarded as enough to retain top-flight status.
Guidolin said: “I think we are safe now.
“We know it is not completely done, but now I think we can see a way forward and are not looking behind. It is an important moment for the club. It is not easy. I want my team to be focused.
“This is a proud day for me and for the players. We need to finish the season well.”
Guidolin took charge in January and has won six of his 12 matches to stave off the threat of relegation.
“That was the best performance since I took over,” said Guidolin.
“The first half we very good and I am very happy. This is my team and how I want them to play.
“I knew we could play this way but as a new manager I had to get to know my players and today I saw my team play as I want – with intensity, quality and aggression.
“We miss only one thing. We deserved to win by more and we should have scored a couple more in the first half.
“We have played well in other games – away to Everton and at home to Crystal Palace – but this was the best.”