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OPPOSITION VIEW: SWANSEA CITY

25 February 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal.

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal admitted the risks he took at the Amex Stadium didn’t pay off, as the Welsh club changed shape and personnel throughout their 4-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Swans were comfortably seen off by Chris Hughton’s in-form side on the south coast, and Carvalhal accepted the better team won and his tactical decisions may have backfired.

He said, “We took all the risks today because we were not happy to be losing. We wanted to win.

“We placed a big bet – we had Tammy [Abraham], Jordan [Ayew], Andre [Ayew] and [Luciano] Narsingh on the pitch at the same time. When you do that, you can win a lot of money or you can lose all your money.

“We knew it was possible and we could change the game, but we also knew they could hurt us on the counter-attack.”

“I must be a critic of myself. I took the risk and maybe I could have waited until later to put Tammy on.

“But if you take a risk as a manager and it comes off, you are a genius. If it doesn’t happen – this is football. We tried everything to win. We placed a big bet and we lost the bet.”

Carvalhal explained his tactical decisions further, after the Seagulls were able to score four goals against an opponent for the first time in the Premier League this season.

“We made some mistakes that we don’t usually make. When we were losing 1-0, I thought we must move things around because we were not happy.

“We put Andre Ayew on in the first half to try and help us. [Nathan] Dyer is more of a winger while Andre is more of an attacker, so we put him on near Jordan Ayew to try to make us more of a threat.

“The substitution was not about Dyer – he is playing very well. But we took some risks. We put Narsingh on at half-time and in that period we did well.”

“We almost scored twice, through Luciano and then Ki [Sung-Yueng], then we took some more risks by putting Tammy on for a midfielder.”


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