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Sunday 22 July 2018

A good Owl reception

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal believes he will get a "normal and good reception" when he revisits former club Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Carvalhal's two-and-a-half-year Wednesday spell came to an end on Christmas Eve, but he made a shock return to management in south Wales just four days later where he has since transformed Swansea's Premier League fortunes.

And now he makes a swift return to Hillsborough for a fifth-round FA Cup tie, with the Portuguese admitting that he feels he is "going back home".

"I have said I am an Owl and I will be an Owl forever," Carvalhal said, referring to Wednesday's nickname.

"We had one play-off final and one semi-final, and they were unbelievable and very strong emotional moments, that makes me think I will be part of the club forever.

"A big part of the support will recognise what we did, but a small part - like fans of all clubs in the world - are more emotional.

"I expect a normal and good reception, but I do not care too much about the situation.

"I care more about the game and to try and do our things."

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