'We've shown we can achieve something'

19th January 2018
First team

Carlos Carvalhal reckons Swansea City are showing signs that they can survive ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool.

The Swans remain bottom of the top flight despite taking four points from Carvalhal’s first three league games in charge.

But the Portuguese has seen enough during his first three weeks at the helm to convince him that with 15 league fixtures ahead this season, the Swans have the potential to stay up.

“I don’t know how many wins will we need, I have not counted, but maybe we must win 50 per cent of the games we have left,” Carvalhal said.

“This is not new to me. I knew when I arrived that we had a very big challenge.

“So far we have played five games. Okay, two of them were in the cup, but we have two wins, two draws and one defeat which was not a normal defeat.

“If we carry on like this in the Premier League, we can achieve what we want to achieve.

“Even if we are five, six or even seven points away from safety at some stage, it is possible to win three or four games in a row and then everything changes.”

After Liverpool on Monday, the Swans face another of the Premier League’s heavyweight clubs, Arsenal, before a tricky trip to Leicester City.

They must play the two Manchester clubs towards the back-end of the season, as well as Chelsea, but Carvalhal is adamant his players must have confidence in their ability to get out of trouble.

“We must believe in our hearts that we can do something,” he added.

“I have seen a lot of things in life. I have seen people with problems who have a normal life, so why, all together and with commitment, can we not achieve something?

“I try to give the players that feeling and I have the sensation that they can capture the belief I am giving them.

“They are better than they have shown in the past, and they are starting to show that.”