Carvalhal: ‘End of the world’ for Spurs if they lose

Date published: Friday 16th March 2018 11:33

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 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.

“We will do our best to explore the same very weak points they have and cover the many strong points they have.”

Swansea’s hopes of producing an upset in their first FA Cup quarter-final for 54 years have been boosted by the absence of Harry Kane, who has scored 35 goals this season.

England striker Kane damaged ankle ligaments at Bournemouth last weekend and is expected to be out until next month.

But Carvalhal said: “In the last game he (Kane) was playing they were losing 1-0 when he came out, but they win 4-1.

“Kane is fantastic and I like him a lot. But at big teams, players can replace big players.

“We don’t have Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew, Renato Sanches, Leroy Fer, Andy King or Wilfried Bony – and it makes a big difference for us.

“But all their players are international players, they are big players.”

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