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Thursday 24 May 2018

Carvalhal happy as Swans bid to ensure survival

Carlos Carvalhal
Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal is grateful for a kinder run of fixtures as he attempts to secure Swansea's Premier League survival.

Swansea's six-game winless streak has put them back in real danger of relegation, just as they looked like clawing themselves to safety after the stunning impact Carvalhal made following his arrival at the end of 2017.

As well as draws against Huddersfield, Everton and West Brom, Swansea have lost to Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in that sequence - and Carvalhal suggested it was "normal" to lose those games against Premier League giants.

But the Portuguese insists Swansea are now ready to complete their survival mission ahead of tomorrow's trip to Bournemouth and final home games against relegation rivals Southampton and Stoke.

"The teams we lose against - United, City and Chelsea - are the strongest teams of the competition," Carvalhal said.

"If the calendar puts us against the strongest teams in this path it is normal that we don't win these last games.

"But the performance against Chelsea (Swansea lost 1-0 at home last weekend) showed we are here to compete and play face to face against all opponents.

"In theory the calendar is positive now, but in the practice you have to play games and I don't believe in easy games in the Premier League."

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