Swans not feeling play-off pressure

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Swansea will not treat the two-legged play-off semi-finals any differently to the 46 league matches they have played this season, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Swans, who finished the season in third place, are now preparing to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the first leg of their crunch tie on Thursday, before the return encounter takes place at the Liberty Stadium next Monday.

Asked whether he will take a different approach into the play-offs, Rodgers replied: "No, we will just continue to play with no pressure. Monday we will be back in preparing."

He added: "I just need to keep taking the pressure off the players because how we play, trying to make 600, 700, 800 passes a game, you have to be confident and you have to want the ball.

"Thankfully I've got players who do that. We play how we train and we'll just continue to train how we have been and focus on these two play-off games."

Rodgers also insisted he will treat each leg individually, adding: "We'll go into every game to win the game, simple as that, there's no other way.

"Obviously tactically we need to be strong, like we have been all season. It's going to be a fantastic atmosphere, but we've got great confidence at the moment. You see in the performance on Saturday the quality that is out there gives me as a manager great hope."

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