Carvalhal Urges Swansea to Dream of Cup Glory

11 months ago

Carlos Carvalhal has urged his Swansea players to dream of FA Cup glory after they booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 in their fifth-round replay on Tuesday.

Second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer secured the Swans what was a relatively routine triumph at the Liberty Stadium and they are now through to the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1964.

A home tie with either Tottenham or Rochdale awaits in the quarter-finals and they are also now just one win away from a trip to Wembley in the last four.

Carvalhal believes now is the time for the Swans to start dreaming of potentially going all the way in the competition, although with sides such as Manchester United and Chelsea still in the draw, he knows they have a lot of work to do.

Asked if he would allow his players to dream of cup glory, the Swansea boss replied: “I have ‘Carlos had a dream’ written here in my jacket.

“All of us have dreams – the people who don’t have dreams are not happy people I think.

“We have 90 minutes to try to get Wembley [for the semi-final] so let’s see what happens.”

The Portuguese coach has certainly impressed since taking over as Swansea manager in December, losing just two of his 14 matches at the helm – a run that has boosted the Welsh club’s chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.