'We will always aim to win'

29th December 2017
First team

Carlos Carvalhal has revealed his Swansea City side will always be set up to search for victory ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Watford.

The Portuguese takes charge of the Swans for the first time at Vicarage Road having been unveiled as the club’s new manager on Thursday.

And Carvalhal has explained that whoever the Swans are facing, he will look for a way to win.

“I never played any game in my career to draw,” Carvalhal said.

“Even when I was coach of a third division team in Portugal and we played teams from the first division, we played to win. That’s why we got into Europe.

“That’s also why we beat Newcastle and Arsenal, two Premier League teams, in the cup when I was at Sheffield Wednesday.

“Sometimes you can lose games, but I always prepare to win.”

Carvalhal inherits a Swans team who are bottom of the Premier League having won only one of their last 12 top-flight games.

Inevitably, the players’ confidence has taken a beating during that painful run, but Carvalhal will urge them to play with no fear.

“I will say don’t be afraid to play when we have the ball and be disciplined when we don’t have it,” he added.

“We must play with good discipline but we also want to play good football. I think those things complement each other.

“We also have to have 11 players thinking like one. If we have 11 players thinking as one, we will be stronger.”

Carvalhal’s Swans debut will see him go toe to toe with fellow countryman Marco Silva, whose mid-table Watford side ended a six-match winless streak by beating Leicester earlier this week.

“It will be an interesting game,” Carvalhal said.

“They are doing well this season. They had a period where they didn’t many games but they won the last game.

“They have a good coach and are very organised, but we will fight for the three points.”