Date: 13th May 2016 at 7:41pm
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Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin told the media about his favourite formations, and us fans will all be relieved to know that the diamond wasn’t mentioned!

When he first took over in January, the Italian made no major changes in terms of personnel and system. He was wise to work with a core of 12 to 13 players – and continued the way Alan Curtis had been working – utilising a safety-first diamond formation that whilst it provided good defensive shape, it suffered in attack without width.

Guidolin did make a slight change to the diamond in his first game at Everton, using a 4-3-1-2 system – the only difference being that the two wide midfielders sat deeper to create a 3-man midfield in front of the back four. Sigurdsson sat in front – with two up top.

This still relied on the full backs pushing forward to provide width.

Utilising the diamond for too long you could say – as he began to learn more about the capabilities of his team and as confidence grew with more wins – he began to move away from the diamond to switch to 4-2-3-1 – much to the relief of many.

When talking to the media this week after showing his delight in signing a new 2-year contract prior to his existing one expiring this week, Guidolin spoke out how targeting new signings will work with chairman Huw Jenkins. He has insisted on what characteristics he wants in new signings that will suit his preferred philosophy and formation, but ultimately the final decision will be Huw Jenkins’.

Talking of his favourite systems, Guidolin says it’s 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 – systems he’s used recently to get wins against Liverpool and West Ham.

‘My favourite shape is 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 with three midfielders, two wingers and one striker, but it is important for a manager and players to know many shapes and systems because it is important to be able to change,’

‘I cannot say how many and which areas,’

‘It’s not possible for me to speak about this.

‘Our chairman knows our situation better than me. I have only been here four months and he is an expert and the chairman.

‘In general I think it’s a good idea to change some players every summer.

‘What I think about our team is that we have a good team ? I saw that early on when I came here.

‘When I watched the first half against Everton I saw qualities in my players. The first half was perfect. It’s important to change things, but also that our team is a good team.

‘Our chairman knows what I need and what I think is best for our team,’

‘I speak about a type of player and compare individuals.

‘I can say I like what this player does but not what another one does to compare characteristics.’

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