Saturday 23 February 2019

Carvalhal: 'It's like the end of the world if Tottenham lose'

Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA
Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal has piled the pressure on FA Cup visitors Tottenham by claiming it will "feel like the end of the world" if they lose their quarter-final tie.

Pressure is growing on manager Mauricio Pochettino to reward the progress he has made at Tottenham with the first trophy of his near-four-year reign in north London.

The FA Cup represents Tottenham's last chance of silverware this season after their Champions League exit to Juventus.

But reinvigorated Swansea harbour real hopes of springing a shock today after winning their last seven games at the Liberty Stadium.

"A club like Tottenham have high expectations and want to win trophies," Carvalhal said.

"It is a normal pressure for them, they have to win. If they lose this game it is like the end of the world.

"It is a reality, they have more responsibilities in this competition than us. They are out of the Champions League now, so this is the trophy they can win."

Swansea's last home defeat was actually against Spurs at the start of January.

Fernando Llorente, the former Swansea striker, and Dele Alli scored in a controversial 2-0 win.

It was the only time Carvalhal has tasted defeat at home since his December appointment and one he insists would not have happened had the Video Assistant Referee system been in operation.

Carvalhal said: "There was a clear offside and, with VAR, we stay level in that game and with a strong commitment we can win.

"With VAR we would not lose that game, and now we have an opportunity to go to the semi-final. It is David against Goliath and we are the underdogs.

"But we are in a better moment than when we played them in the league.

"Now I think we could say we have a 30 per cent chance compared to maybe 10 per cent before."

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