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Paul Clement taking Swansea survival bid one match at a time

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Paul Clement wants to make sure Swansea's battle for Premier League survival does not see them "suffer" through the final weeks of the season. The 45-year-old head coach has made a considerable impact since succeeding Bob Bradley in January.

When Clement took over Swansea were rooted to the foot of the table, four points from safety. Now they are four points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a run of four wins from six games.

A daunting trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea lies in wait on Saturday, before Swansea embark on a run of fixtures that could go a long way to deciding their fate.

Home games against Burnley and Middlesbrough lie either side of away games at Hull and Bournemouth, but Clement refuses to think of that batch of games as a defining moment in Swansea's season.

Instead he has urged his side to see every game - even a trip to face Antonio Conte's leaders - as an opportunity to get the points required for survival, and thinks a failure to adopt such an attitude could leave them entering the final days of the season in trouble.

In terms of preparation we just work on the next game. I know what is happening after Chelsea and how big those games are, but I don't say it is a defining period. I say we have 13 games to go and we have to avoid suffering at the end of the season. We have to keep winning and moving up the table. We don't want to need four points from two games at the end because that is massive pressure, so we need to take every chance to get points and the next one is on Saturday. People may see it as a shot to nothing for us. That might have been the case going to Liverpool and Manchester City, but I think they would say we gave them hard games. In both games we worked very hard and I think we could give anyone a difficult game in this moment.

– Paul Clement, Swansea City Manager