'Our toughest test yet'

2nd February
First team

Carlos Carvalhal is bracing his players for the toughest test of his reign as Swansea City get set for this weekend’s trip to Leicester.

The Swans have faced three Premier League heavyweights – Spurs, Liverpool and Arsenal – in Carvalhal’s first five top-flight games in charge.

But the Portuguese reckons tomorrow’s trip to eighth-placed Leicester will be the Swans’ sternest examination yet.

“Leicester are a very strong team,” said the Swans boss, “and I think it will be the hardest game we have played since I arrived.

“They have good balance in their team when they are attacking and defending and they have good organisation. They are very strong at home and that means it will be a very difficult game for us.

“We have massive respect for them, but we will do our job as always and fight to try to get three points.”

The Swans have never previously triumphed at the King Power Stadium – and have not won in Leicester since way back in 1950.

But they will head for the Midlands in upbeat mood having humbled Liverpool and Arsenal in their last two league matches.

The Swans have lost only once in eight games since Carvalhal took charge, but he insists they are not about to get carried away.

“We have our feet on the floor,” he added.

“We know exactly where we are. I said to the players that it’s important they know why we have won the last two games, because we have to keep showing the qualities we showed in those games.

“We are in a better position than we were, but we are still in a position where we must be very solid and very compact.

“We feel we can stand eye to eye with any team, but we don’t think because we have won one or two games that we will beat all the teams we face.”