Swansea manager is dreaming of Wembley date
CARLOS Carvalhal saluted his players and told them to dream of Wembley after booking Swansea’s first FA Cup quarter-final appearance for 54 years.
Swansea will be at home to the winners of tonight’s replay between Spurs and Rochdale in the last eight.
Their last appearance at this stage of the competition came in 1964 when Bill Shankly’s Liverpool were beaten 2-1 at Anfield the year before Carvalhal was born.
“I have ‘Carlos had a dream’ written here in my jacket,” Carvalhal said, pointing to embroidery inside his blazer after second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer had settled the fifth-round replay.
“All of us have dreams. The people who don’t have dreams are not happy people I think.
“The main competition for us is the Premier League but we will have a week to prepare for the quarter-final, which is important, and we are near to the end of the competition now.
“We have 90 minutes to try to get to Wembley for the semi-final so let’s see what happens.”
Carvalhal is confident Swansea can balance their battle for Premier League survival, they are in the relegation zone, albeit on goal difference, with their FA Cup campaign.
This was their sixth successive home win in all competitions, something they have not managed since 2007 and a promotion-winning season under Roberto Martinez.
“I am very happy and very proud of my players,” Carvalhal said after the victory over his former club.
“I was born in 1965. The club didn’t do better than this in the cup since 1964, so it’s been a long, long time.
“I am happy we have achieved this. Now we could go to Wembley, so we are in a very good position.”