'Our confidence will not be affected'

22nd April 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal insists his side's confidence will not be affected by their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Swans were put to the sword at the Etihad Stadium as David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all found the target.

Pep Guardiola's side were in scintillating form and the Swans were powerless to resist.

Silva opened the scoring early on before Sterling gave the hosts a two-goal lead before half-time.

De Bruyne scored with a sensational 25-yard drive after half-time before Lukasz Fabianski denied Jesus from the penalty spot only for Silva to tap home the rebound on 64 minutes.

Jesus rounded off Manchester City's victory, heading home their fifth late on in the second period.

"When they take a game as seriously as they did today - without pressure, playing at home after becoming champions - it is very difficult," admitted Carvalhal.

"We were organised, but their goals were through individual quality. They achieve spaces which other teams can't achieve. It is hard to defend against.

"But it is nothing unusual. 14 teams have lost to City by more than three goals this season - we are the 15th. 

"They are champions and have a big gap between them and their rivals. All these numbers put them on a level that we are not.

"Credit to Manchester City - they had a lot of the ball and put us under pressure. When we did win it back, they reacted very quickly.

"We had a couple of chances through Alfie Mawson, but in general, they played with a lot of possession and created a lot of situations. It was a typical game for Manchester City this season.

"They are a very good team and are playing great football, which is why they are champions.

"But this was not a normal game for us. The result will have zero effect on our confidence. We will be ready for the last four games."