Francesco Guidolin happy as Swansea start pre-season with a win

The Swans boss was pleased for his side to have a good workout in the heat of North Carolina.

Francesco Guidolin happy as Swansea start pre-season with a win
Francesco Guidolin chats with his team as they defeat Charlotte Independence 4-0. (Photo: Swansea City AFC)

Swansea City kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 4-0 win over Charlotte Independence on Wednesday night and, while he was not too bothered with the result, manager Francesco Guidolin was more than happy with what he saw from his team.

Goals from Oliver McBurnie, Kenji Gorre and a double from Wayne Routledge gave the Swans a comfortable victory in what were very challenging conditions.

Speaking after the game, Guidolin did believe that it was "too hot," but says this will only be good for the players as they build fitness ahead of the new season.

"The result is not important, it's important to improve the fitness." he said. "This is the priority and I am happy with that."

With this the team's opening game of pre-season, Guidolin was careful not to push his players too hard though, which is why he opted for nine half time changes. 

“I chose to play two halves with different players because we are not ready, but I saw some important things and I am happy with this game and with this period," he added.

"Maybe a little lower temperature could be better, but it’s good for us.” 

Goal-scorers Wayne Routledge (left) and Oliver McBurnie (right) celebrate Swansea's 4-0 win. (Photo: Swansea City AFC)
Goal-scorers Wayne Routledge (left) and Oliver McBurnie (right) celebrate Swansea's 4-0 win. (Photo: Swansea City AFC)

Pre-season the focus, then transfers

Guidolin also spoke about transfers after the match, but gave very little away.

Swansea have already signed Mike van der Hoorn and Leroy Fer this month, but remain without a senior recognised striker as Bafetimbi Gomis readies himself for a move away.

McBurnie did well to throw his hat in the ring last night, but a new signing is required and Guidolin admitted: "There is the possibility to sign some players."

However, he wants to be patient, adding: "It’s important to do something in the transfer market, but it’s also important to choose the best players for us.” 

This can only be done by assessing all the options properly, over time.