Swansea produced as disciplined a performance as you will see this season at The Liberty on Monday night. A 40th minute Alfie Mawson goal from a corner was enough for The Swans, who held on for a 1-0 win vs Liverpool. Carlos Carvalhal deserves huge credit for how he organised his team, and he used an interesting analogy to describe his approach.
The Portuguese manager has lost just 1 of his 6 opening games, and he looks like becoming a shrewd appointment. Swansea still remain rock bottom in the Premier League after their shock win. However, performances like this will give them massive hope that they can get out of trouble.
Carvalhal: Liverpool Are Formula 1
After Swansea's win, Carlos Carvalhal revealed the approach he took towards devising a way to beat Liverpool. He said: “I said to my players that Liverpool were a top team. They are really strong, but they are a Formula 1 car. If you put a Formula 1 car in London in traffic, the Formula 1 car will not run very fast.”
“That is exactly what we had to do to play against Liverpool – stop them playing the way they like. We had the fortune to score and after that, playing against a strong team, we held on.”
“It is not exactly the way we wish to play but, given the circumstances, to win 1-0 against a strong team and get the points we needed was good. My players were gladiators at the end and we achieved a very important win.”
Swansea Enter Pivotal Part Of Season
Last night's win was a massive bonus for Swansea, but their survival battle will be won elsewhere. They take on Arsenal at The Liberty next, followed by fixtures vs Leicester, Burnley, Brighton, West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton.
That run of matches will determine where Swansea play their football next season. If they can pick up 12 points from those 6 matches they will have 32 points. They will then have a further 7 matches to try to get to the fabled 40 point mark and save their Premier League skins. With Carvalhal at the helm, you wouldn't put it past them.