Clement: Swans must remain focused

Swansea head coach Paul Clement has urged his players to concentrate on their upcoming clash with Watford and ignore talk of the relegation battle.

The Swans are two points adrift of safety in 18th place in the Premier League standings, which means a win against the Hornets would see them leapfrog Hull.

However, Clement doesn't want his squad to concern themselves with the big picture, but rather take it one game at a time.

"If you overthink things, if you read all the media reports and listen to what the fans are saying, it can drive you crazy," he told the club's official website.

"But ultimately, we are preparing for a game of football where we want to do well and we want to do our best.

"It's fine to see what the media are saying – I do it myself. But I have always said to the players that if they are going to do that, they should not get too excited when people are praising them and they should not get down when they are being criticised.

"We can't focus on anyone else or anything else. We can't worry about who other teams are playing or what they are doing. We just have to focus on what we can affect, which is our own performances.

"I don't want the players to have fear about the result or about what could happen at the end of the season. For us it's about focusing on the task in hand and that is our game at Watford."

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