Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley: Carvalhal glory continues

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  • Swans move 15th on Ki goal
  • Burnley out attempts Swans 13-9
  • Clarets remain seventh

Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City revolution continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ki Sung-Yueng scored the lone goal of the match, as Swans moved two points clear of the drop zone to 15th.

Sean Dyche‘s Clarets are still seventh, but Leicester is a point back and Everton two behind the hosts.

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A pair of Sams, Burnley’s Vokes and Swansea’s Clucas, mishit each side’s best chances of the first half.

A dull match sprang to life in the second half, at least momentarily, as Ki provided a neat finish to lift the Welsh crowd into euphoria.

Swansea almost made it 2-0 through Jordan Ayew, but the younger Ayew brother just missed from a tight angle.

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FA Cup win sends Swans’ Carvalhal back to Sheffield Wednesday

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Carlos Carvalhal was a surprise appointment for Swansea City, and the move is turning out pretty well as the Welsh side has beaten Arsenal and Liverpool to climb out of the Premier League drop zone for the first time since Match Day 10.

The 52-year-old Portuguese manager was hired by Swans four days after he left Sheffield Wednesday of the Football League Championship, and now he’s going to head back to Hillsborough Stadium for a FA Cup fifth round match after Swans stomped Notts County 8-1 on Tuesday.

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Despite the unceremonious end to his life with Wednesday, Carvalhal has a lot of fond memories and can’t wait for a Feb. 17 date which will feel “like going home.” From SwanseaCity.com:

“I don’t know if you know, but in our second season there we got more points than they had got in 50 years. It was the third highest record they’d had in 150 years. We got to the play-offs twice and that’s something very strong which means I am very connected with the club.”

“It’s the same with Besiktas, I will always be linked with that club. I believe one day it will be the same with Swansea – I will be a Jack.”

Carvalhal offers hilarious hospital metaphor after upset of Arsenal

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Before Christmas, Carlos Carvalhal walked away from the Sheffield Wednesday job and neither side was too bothered by his exit.

A shock hire by Swansea City, the Portuguese boss now has pulled the Welsh side out of the drop zone with a 3-1-1 record which includes last week’s win over Liverpool and now Tuesday’s win over visiting Arsenal.

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Post-match story time was wonderful on NBCSN:

“A team that was almost death (makes oxygen-gasping noise) almost ready to go to the cemetery. But I said in our analogy but we were not in intensive care but we were in the hospital. Maybe now we are near to go out of hospital. We still have our problems. The doctor still has to look after us. We are not far away to be out of hospital. This is something very good to us.”

The air-sucking sound Carvalhal make is not one you expect coming out of your television speakers, that’s to be sure, but the manager clearly knows how to get his point across to listeners.

Sam Clucas picked up an unexpected brace for Swans as he hopes to avoid being relegated in successive seasons, and laid out the details of the hosts’ result (from the BBC):

“We felt we could play a bit more, Arsenal give you a bit more time than Liverpool,” Clucas said. “Jordan Ayew has been brilliant. The last two games he’s been up there on his own. I thought we were ruthless in the second half. It’s a massive result win. Every win breeds confidence.”

The fight is long, but Swans’ plight is looking more and more like another escape to Premier League safety.

Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Liverpool

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Liverpool looks to avoid a letdown when it visits Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Monday (Watch live at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Swansea City has managed a win over the Reds in each of the previous two seasons, but was simply crushed by Jurgen Klopp‘s men in a 5-0 defeat at Anfield last month.

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The hosts badly need to pick up points, though few expect them to do so on Monday. Skeptics, however, will note that Liverpool under Klopp has been giants against the top teams and often lackluster against the other sides.

What they’re saying

Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal on springing an upset“I would prefer to be Goliath, I would rather be in his position. But during my career most of the time has been spent in the position of David, and we have been able to do some surprises as David. We have done it often, we are working to make more of them. I was kind of the Goliath when I was with Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, but during those moments Goliath was a little ill.”

Liverpool’s Klopp on goalkeeper Loris KariusMy favourite solution, always, is that we do it with our boys. They step up, they deliver, they improve. The problem they have is that everyone is watching them (through a magnifying glass) and saying ‘still not good enough!’ I will only mention one name. Everyone talks about him with us and that is Butland. I only saw the game (against Manchester United). Fantastic goalkeeper but was he perfect? No. He wasn’t in that game. But everyone says ‘still better than our boys!'”

Prediction

It’s hard to see this going in Swans favor at all, though we’ll peg them to keep it close on the score board: 2-0 to Liverpool.

Watford 1-2 Swansea: Carvalhal gets shock comeback W

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  • Swans win Carvalhal’s debut
  • Watford led 1-0 into 85th
  • Ayew, Narsingh score late

Luciano Narsingh was on the doorstep to poke home a late rebound as Swansea City came back to beat Watford 2-1 in Carlos Carvalhal’s first match as Swans manager.

Andre Carrillo put Watford ahead at Vicarage Road, but the Hornets found another way to lose when Jordan Ayew and Narsingh both scored in the final five minutes.

Swansea is in 19th place with 16 points, just two back of safety, while Watford’s 25 points have them 10th.

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It didn’t take long for new boss Carlos Carvalhal to feel what Paul Clement, Bob Bradley, and Francesco Guidolin have felt: concession.

Richarlison forced Lukasz Fabianski into a save, but Carrillo was right there to deposit the rebound for 1-0 after 11 minutes.

 

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Molla Wague looked to have a goal in his second-straight match, but his headed goal was nullified by a borderline foul in the 18.

And Richarlison cued up Andre Gray for a late 1v1 that he cranked directly at Fabianski.

That’s about when Swans started Hornets heads spinning, with Ayew tapped in from Oliver McBurnie‘s assist and Narsingh passing a rebound home four minutes later.