Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Carlos Carvalhal: 'Swansea City don't need a miracle'

Carlos Carvalhal celebrates making a winning start to life as Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal celebrates making a winning start to life as Swansea manager
Edward Snyder | 01 January, 2018, 04:28

"Now maybe 98 of those 100 people will say we will get relegated - maybe two of them will think we will not get relegated, but it's still a very small percentage".

New Swansea City boss Carlos Carvalhal says they are determined to defy the odds by avoiding relegation. "He said if you don't run you come and sit down next to me (on the bench)".

Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew believes Saturday's hard-fought Premier League triumph over Watford is proof of his side's resilience.

Three minutes later, Swansea completed a stunning revival as Luciano Narsingh struck after Nathan Dyer's rasping drive was saved, sparking wild celebrations among the Swans' players and Carvalhal's coaching staff on the touchline.

It gave the rock-bottom Swans only their second win in 13 Premier League matches and will raise their hopes they can beat the drop in 2018.




"Of course I am pleased", Carvalhal added.

"We finished the game trying everything, two attackers, two wingers, (Renato) Sanches in the middle, (left-back Martin) Olsson playing like a winger". We tried to win.

Gray's failure to finish after being played through on Fabianski looked set to be a footnote in a relatively comfortable Watford victory, but Ayew and Narsingh punished that mistake in emphatic fashion. "Also the fans were crucial for us, we felt them especially in the second half".

But the Portuguese warned that Swansea still have a long way to go, starting with tomorrow's home game against Tottenham Hotspur.

"But I am happy with what I saw. We started taking risk and put more players in attack". "We have a hard game against Tottenham on Tuesday, which will not be easy, and we have a very short time to prepare the strategy of the team".

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