Carlos: It's in our hands
Carlos Carvalhal reminded his players that Swansea City’s fate remains in their hands after a painful defeat by Chelsea.
Cesc Fabregas’s early goal proved decisive after a late flurry of chances for the home side came to nothing.
The Swans competed with last season’s champions throughout a tight contest, and felt they had done enough to add at least one more point to their tally as they fight to avoid relegation.
But Chelsea held firm to seal victory, meaning there is just one point between the Swans and 18th-placed Southampton following the Saints’ 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
Stoke, who are 19th, are two points further back after they claimed a draw at Liverpool.
But Carvalhal was keen to highlight the fact that the Swans remain well placed given that they were adrift at the bottom of the league when he arrived in December.
The Swans have a game in hand on Stoke, who they host on the final day of the season.
They also play Southampton at home after next weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
“When I arrived here we were five points adrift,” Carvalhal said.
“At that moment people were talking about miracles – I remember the first day very well.
“Now we have one away game and two home games left and we must take the points we need.
“When I arrived, we were depending on others, but now we just depend on ourselves.
“If when I came here I said we will compete in the last three games to stay up, nobody would have believed me.
“But it’s in our hands and now we must look at the games we have left and try to achieve the necessary points to stay in the division.”
Chelsea became the fifth team to beat Carvalhal’s Swans in the league, following in the footsteps of Tottenham, Brighton, Manchester United and Manchester City.
“Four of those are massive clubs and in the home games where we lost we have competed very well,” Carvalhal added.
“We lost at Brighton, but we have taken points against everyone else. That is what we must continue doing in the three remaining games.”