'We will give it our all'
Carlos Carvalhal is ready to shuffle his pack once more tonight as he bids to topple a familiar foe in the Emirates FA Cup.
Swansea City host Sheffield Wednesday in a fifth-round replay with the winners hosting either Spurs or Rochdale in the quarter-finals.
Carvalhal has made wholesale changes in all five of the Swans’ games so far in this cup run, and is likely to do the same again as he comes up against his former club.
And the Swans boss has conceded it is an unusual feeling taking on the team he managed for two-and-a-half seasons before moving to Wales.
“It was a strange game for me at Sheffield Wednesday – I felt sometimes as if I was playing against myself!” Carvalhal said.
“I love the club – everybody knows I will be an Owl forever.
“But when the whistle goes tonight we will try to win the game, whether it’s after 90 minutes, 120 minutes or penalties.”
Victory tonight would see the Swans reach the last eight of the cup for the first time since 1963-64.
But with his team back in the Premier League relegation zone following their weekend defeat at Brighton, Carvalhal is not about to lose focus on his primary task this spring.
“I have said all along that we are underdogs in this competition. That is not because we are weaker than our opponents, but because it’s not our main competition,” he added.
“We have not changed anything from the first game in the cup against Wolves.
“We will not take any risks with any players who have slight problems, but we will try to pick the best XI we have available to win a difficult game.
“If we go to the next stage that is fantastic, but if we don’t it’s not the end of the world because we have an important game on Saturday in the Premier League.”
Leon Britton will hope to make his first appearance in more than four months tonight after Carvalhal confirmed the midfield stalwart will be in the 18.
The likes of Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Connor Roberts, Kyle Bartley, Wayne Routledge and Tammy Abraham will also hope for starts.
“I look at the positives from the cup run. All the squad have been involved in the competition and also some under-23 players have played some games,” Carvalhal said.
“The players have had some opportunities and they have done well.”
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