Carlos Carvalhal takes on Antonio Conte’s Chelsea insisting he has the hardest job in the Premier League at Swansea.
Conte caused a stir earlier this month when he claimed Burnley boss Sean Dyche has an easier job compared to managers competing at the top end of the table and backed by bigger transfer budgets.
But Carvalhal believes managers at the top clubs have it easy compared to the role he inherited at Swansea at the end of 2017.
“Of all the jobs in the Premier League, I think ours is the hardest of all of them,” Carvalhal said ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea’s visit to the Liberty Stadium.
“Why? Because when we arrived we were five points adrift (of 17th place), no-one else was playing in this condition in this competition.
“I did not prepare the team at the start to win the title or to go to Europe.
“I accepted the challenge midway through the season when we were bottom, in the relegation zone.
“There is no harder situation in the competition, absolutely sure.
“I never was at a club that said to me, ‘You have this money, let’s try to bring players to achieve what you want’.
“So far, I didn’t work with this kind of challenge and it made things more difficult in the past.
“But I’m here and I believe, in the future, I will have this kind of challenge to try to have a budget to buy players.
“So far, I managed with peanuts. Just peanuts. But I’m happy, I’m not complaining.”