'Let's focus on what we can do'

5th April 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal has told Swansea City to focus on getting their own performance right when they take on West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

The Swans boss admits he cannot be sure what to expect from the Baggies after the departure of manager Alan Pardew earlier this week.

As a result, Carvalhal says, the Swans’ best bet is to ensure they deliver a strong display against the side who are currently bottom of the Premier League table.

“When a team changes their manager, things can change a lot or not a lot,” he said.

“But I don’t think what’s happened at West Brom is bad for us at all.

“Things are not predictable – we don’t know how they will play. That means this week we have been thinking a lot about ourselves and what we can do.

“We respect West Brom a lot. We know there are no easy games in the Premier League and this will be a very difficult one.

“But we know what we will try to do. We must focus on our game because that is what we can control.

“We will do our best and then we will see if it is enough to get some points.”

Though they have not won in three matches in all competitions, the Swans head to The Hawthorns with some momentum after an encouraging second-half display at Manchester United last weekend.

Albion, who are 10 points adrift of safety, will be managed by caretaker boss Darren Moore for the first time on Saturday having been beaten in their last eight league matches.

Carvalhal argues that although West Brom are struggling, they will be stern opponents for his team.

“If anyone thinks one game is easier than another in this league, it doesn’t work like that,” he added.

“For example, we beat Liverpool and Arsenal but lost 4-1 at Brighton.

“We know we will have to work very hard to achieve any points against West Brom.”

Carvalhal, meantime, has insisted he is happy to put talks about his future on hold.

The Portuguese's contract only runs until the end of the season, but he wants to concentrate on fighting for survival rather than discussing a new deal.

"I don't want anyone to focus on anything apart from making sure Swansea stay in the Premier League," he said.

"After that, we will talk about the future. It's not a problem for me."