Carlos confident Swans will react

6th May 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal has told Swansea City that only the best will do as they look to dodge the drop to the Championship.

The Swans have slipped into the bottom three on goal difference after their weekend defeat at Bournemouth and Southampton’s 1-1 draw at Everton.

The Saints come to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night in what could be the pivotal fixture in the Swans’ Premier League relegation scrap.

Mark Hughes’s team, who are ahead of the Swans on goal difference, take on Manchester City on the final day of the season, while Carvalhal’s men host Stoke.

If one side can win on Tuesday, they will be in the driving seat heading into the campaign’s final weekend.

And Carvalhal concedes his players must produce a performance if they are to retake the initiative in the survival fight.

“After losing a game like we did at Bournemouth, everyone is sad of course,” said the Swans boss.

“But tomorrow is another day and we will react. On Tuesday we must be at the top of our game.

“This is the main point and the players know about that. They know they must react very fast.”

The Swans were beaten last time out on their own patch by Chelsea, but for the most part their Liberty form has been impressive under Carvalhal.

And the Portuguese is pinning his hopes on home advantage helping his team get the job done this week.

“Since we arrived, in nearly all the games we play at home, we have performed really well,” he added.

“Possibly the cup game against Tottenham was the game that was hard for us. But in all the others, we divided the game and were better than our opponents.

“Even against Chelsea, if you saw the game you can see we divided the game and we could have achieved much more. I don't have any reason to doubt we can do it again on Tuesday.

“My players will give the maximum and the fans will give the maximum, and when we play in Liberty, usually we are a strong team. It is our plan to be a strong team on Tuesday.”