Boss: We will be strong

16th March 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal is pledging to field a side capable of taking Tottenham Hotspur's scalp in tomorrow’s Emirates FA Cup quarter-final.

Swansea City are through to the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1964 having seen off Wolves, Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday.

The Swans face a step up in class as they take on opponents who they have never beaten in 14 Premier League encounters.

Carvalhal reckons the Swans are outsiders to make it to the semi-finals, particularly given a significant list of absentees which includes the Ayew brothers, Renato Sanches, Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony.

The Swans boss has rotated his squad for each of the Swans’ six ties so far in the competition.

But he is determined to send out a team capable of causing a shock this weekend.

“I never played a weak team in this run – all we have done is protected players who had some small injury problems,” said the Swans boss.

“We have always picked a team with value and we will play a strong team on Saturday, that’s absolutely sure.

“There will be under-23 players in the 18 because we do not have a lot of players available, but we will fight to get to the next stage.

“If we go through then fantastic. If not, it will not be the end of the world and we will concentrate on the Premier League.”

Carvalhal believes there is more pressure on Spurs than the Swans to progress given the clubs’ contrasting targets for this season.

But while he argues the North London heavyweights are clear favourites to go through, Carvalhal is convinced an upset is possible.

“It will be a big game for Tottenham of course,” he added.

“They have high expectations in all competitions and they want to win trophies.

“But me saying that will not put any pressure on them. When you are one of the big clubs, there is pressure to win every game you play.

“They are a better team than us, but in football you know that even if the opponents are better, if they have a bad day and you have a very good day, you can win.

“This is the beauty of football. We are here to try to do something like that this weekend, so let’s see what happens.”


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