Carlos Carvalhal sees his side as underdogs against Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday
Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal sees his team as underdogs in their FA Cup fifth-round replay with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
The Liberty Stadium will play host to the fixture following a goalless draw at Hillsborough, and Carvalhal believes the odds are against his side reaching the quarter-finals.
The Portuguese will again face his former club with the hope of victory, but has outlined how the FA Cup is not the main priority for Swansea this season and team changes will be made as a result.
“I’ve said before and I continue to say, we are underdogs in this competition. Not because we are worse or better than opponents but because it’s not our main competition,” Carvalhal told Sky Sports.
“We will not change nothing compared to what we said in the first game against Wolverhampton, we said we don’t take any kind of risk with the players.
“Of course after this we choose the best eleven and a competitive team to try and win a difficult game tomorrow.
“I look to the positives, all the squad is involved and some of the Under-23 players come in to play. The players who have not had the opportunity so far in the first eleven have a good opportunity to play in the cup.
“Because it’s not our main competition is why I said we are underdogs. If we go to the next stage, fantastic. If we do not go to the next stage it’s not the end of the world because we have an important game on Saturday.”
The south Wales side have been given a boost with the return of Leon Britton, who has regained match fitness.
“The good news is that Leon is in the 18 for tomorrow. So [he] is more fit now and ready to help the team, and we don’t have any fresh injuries,” said Carvalhal.
The 52-year-old also gave clarity on Ki Sung yueng’s situation, after reports in Italy linked the player with a move to AC Milan.
“To me the situation with Ki is very clear, he is a very high-quality man, not just a player. I talked with him and he promised me he will give everything until the end of the season to try to [help] the team stay in the Premier League.
“After this it is the end of the contract so it is a different situation.”