Boss braced for Burnley test

9th February
First team

Carlos Carvalhal is bracing Swansea City for a battle as they look to extend their unbeaten run against Burnley this weekend.

The Swans head into tomorrow’s home clash with the Clarets in upbeat mood having put together an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions.

They have lost only once in 10 games – and that was in contentious circumstances against Spurs – since Carvalhal was appointed at the end of December.

But the Swans manager reckons his side will face a stern test against Sean Dyche’s impressive Burnley outfit.

The Turf Moor club have not won in 10 matches, while they are without a number of players through injury for the trip to Wales.

Yet they have claimed four draws doing that run, most recently against runaway leaders Manchester City last time out.

“There is no good time to play against Burnley,” Carvalhal said.

“They are very organised, very solid and very compact. They know exactly what they are all doing in all moments of the game.

“They can frustrate any team in the Premier League and they can also be dangerous when they go forward, so it will be a very, very tough game for us.

“We will do our best to try to block them. We are trying to prepare for all the questions they will ask us.

“So let’s see on Saturday what happens. I am sure it will be a hard game for us, but I also think it will be a hard game for them.”

Carvalhal came up against Dyche’s Burnley side during his days as Sheffield Wednesday boss.

And the Portuguese has been impressed by the work Dyche has done in Lancashire.

“Sean Dyche is doing very well. He has been at Burnley a long time and his team is progressing,” he added.

“He wants team-workers first and foremost I think and you can see all the players know exactly what the manager wants from them.

“I think they have better individual players now than they have had in the past.”


* There are some tickets still available for Saturday's clash with Burnley. You can book yours HERE.

* Hospitality lounges and the Riverside Lounge will be showing the early kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday and the England v Wales Six Nations match after the Burnley game. The hospitality lounges will open at 12.30pm while the Riverside Lounge will open at 1pm.