Carlos Carvalhal: Swansea have advantage in fight for Premier League survival

Carlos Carvalhal feels Swansea’s rise from the bottom of the Premier League gives them an advantage in the crowded battle for survival.

Over half the division remain involved in the fight for top-flight safety with every side having 10 games to play.

Swansea entertain West Ham, one of their relegation rivals, on Saturday and Carvalhal believes his side have an edge in the run-in after taking 14 points from his eight games in charge.

“The advantage we can take is that we have come from the bottom and we are progressing,” Carvalhal said at his pre-match press conference.

“The opposite is more harder if you are a team that was in eighth or 10th place in November or December and starts losing games to be in the battle to stay up.

“We were really bad and far away from the line of water.

“In this moment we are just below it, but we are progressing.

“We are winning more than we are losing, so we are in a very good way.”

West Ham travel to south Wales having won only one of their last five league games to sit three points clear of the relegation zone.

Swansea occupy the final relegation spot after slipping back into the bottom three following last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at Brighton.

“Losing one or another game is normal, it can happen to any team in the world,” Carvalhal said.

“But in the last eight or nine games we are one of the teams that have achieved more points in the competition.

“Teams down the bottom lose more games than they win, but we are doing exactly the opposite. This means we are strong.”

Carvalhal put the size of the Brighton defeat down to taking risks after falling behind early in the game.

Asked if he would adopt such tactics again, Carvalhal replied he would be a “PlayStation manager” if he pre-planned decisions rather than reacting to the game in front of him.

“I don’t think any manager can say what they would do before the game,” he said.

“You have to feel the game, the team and the environment to make the decisions.

“You use the feeling and what you need to move, but if you ask me now I cannot answer. The answer is in the moment.

“If I answer I am not a manager, it would mean I am a PlayStation manager. I have to trust my instinct.”

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