Swansea News: Carvalhal talks up competitive edge

1 year ago

In the latest Swansea news, Carlos Carvalhal has claimed that his side are now able to compete with their Premier League rivals as they look to beat the drop.

The Welsh outfit will line up against relegation rivals Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday with three points on their agenda.

Swansea have lost just two of their nine Premier League outings since the Portuguese was appointed as Paul Clement’s successor in late December and he feels they are moving in the right direction.

Carvalhal’s men sit 13th in the table, three points clear of the drop zone, and he has undoubtedly brought back a positive feeling.

Swansea’s fate is now very much in their hands and the former Sheffield Wednesday boss admits he has been pleased with the way they have progressed.

Carvalhal said: “We have progressed in a lot of different ways.”

“The quality of our game is progressing, the value of individual players is higher and the value of the collective is higher.

“We are very competitive now and we feel very strong.

“We are more competitive and more solid now.

“That does not mean we are better than any opponents, but we are in a position now where we can fight for the points against any other team in the Premier League.”

Swansea ran out 2-0 winners when they hosted Huddersfield earlier in the season with Tammy Abraham bagging a brace.

That result came a couple of months before Carvalhal took the reins when they were struggling in the bottom three.

The 52-year-old admits his side are now in a much better position but insists they still have plenty of work to do.

He added: “When I arrived, things were really very bad.

“Nobody believed then that we could stay in the Premier League. We are not in such a bad position now, but we are still fighting for the same thing.

“We must keep fighting for points in every game and, if we can save the team from relegation, this will be something fantastic.”