'He has done very, very well'

14th February 2018
First team

Lukasz Fabianski has saluted Carlos Carvalhal as Swansea City look to continue their unbeaten run against their manager’s former club this weekend.

The Swans head to Sheffield Wednesday in round five of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

That means a swift return to South Yorkshire for Carvalhal, who spent two-and-a-half happy years at Hillsborough.

Carvalhal left his role as Owls boss just days before taking charge at the Liberty Stadium.

And the man who twice led Wednesday into the Championship play-offs has made a spectacular impact in the Premier League.

Carvalhal has lost just one of his 11 games as Swans boss – and Fabianski has been impressed by the manager’s approach.

“What I like about him is that he is very positive,” the Swans goalkeeper said.

“He spreads a good energy around the club. When he talks he is very confident, whether it’s about tactics or the mental approach to the game.

“He is very up for it and that helps us on the pitch. He has also had some funny moments which we enjoy as players. So far he has done very, very well.”

The Swans’ longest unbeaten run in the first four-and-a-half months of the season was a mere two games.

But last weekend’s 1-0 win over Burnley means Carvalhal’s team have not lost in nine matches in all competitions – their longest stretch without defeat since the 2009-10 campaign.

“We feel different right now,” Fabianski added.

“The results are there and we are moving up in the table.

“We have been playing better for some time now – I would say we have improved dramatically. The confidence level is very high and that’s good for us. Hopefully now that will continue.”