Carvalhal recalls facing Spurs, Hoddle and ‘very nice girlfriends’

Date published: Thursday 15th March 2018 4:41

Carlos Carvalhal has reminisced over facing Tottenham as a player when his then manager tried to use Glenn Hoddle’s blonde hair and “very nice girlfriend” as a motivational tool.

Swansea take a break from their Premier League survival battle on Saturday with an FA Cup quarter-final tie at home to Spurs.

It is the first time Swansea have made the last eight of the competition since 1964.

But Spurs are very much Swansea’s bogey team, with the Welsh club failing to register a Premier League victory in 14 attempts against them.

And Carvalhal also has painful memories of playing against Spurs for Portuguese club Braga in a UEFA Cup tie in 1984.

“They had beaten us 3-0 in Braga and at White Hart Lane my manager, Quinito, played me,” said Carvalhal, who was 18 at the time.

“Playing in that Spurs team was Glenn Hoddle and they had won the UEFA Cup the previous year.

“We lost 6-0 and after the game the manager got on the bus and everybody was crouching down behind their seat and trying to hide.

“But Quinito was a very positive guy. So he asked: ‘What has happened? Why aren’t you talking?’

“Then Glenn Hoddle walked out of the stadium with his wife or his girlfriend and Quinito pointed to him and said: ‘Look at that guy, he is tall, with blond hair, he has a very nice girlfriend. Look at the cars they are all driving, they are very nice cars’.

“He then looked at us and said: ‘Look at you, you are small and have beards, your wives, your girlfriends and your cars are very bad.

“‘What do you want? To beat these guys? You lost 6-0, fantastic. Driver, music please’.

“Everyone was up after that and he returned things to normal very fast. He was a very special manager to me in that moment.”

Swansea hope to avoid such ignominy over three decades on, but must reshape their attack to do so as top scorer Jordan Ayew is suspended and his brother Andre cup-tied.

Wales midfielder Andy King is also cup-tied, so Tom Carroll is set to return against his old club.

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