Swansea manager thinks he will be facing Newcastle players with ‘quality in their game’ on Saturday.
Carlos Carvalhal claims NUFC ‘have a lot of good players’ but his bottom of the table team are ready to go ‘toe to toe with them’.
The Swansea boss though sees quality throughout the opposing team, saying Newcastle ‘have attacking players who are very good in one-on-one situations, there are full-backs with pace and good centre-backs.’
However, he has picked out two Newcastle players for special mention.
Carvalhal says Newcastle have ‘good players like Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in the middle, especially Shelvey who is a very talented player.’
Interesting choice as despite doing better recently, Mohamed Diame has been pretty poor throughout his time at Newcastle, whilst Shelvey was very good last season in the Championship but has rarely imposed himself this season.
Newcastle have faced Swansea twice since Jonjo Shelvey moved to Tyneside and he came on as a sub for the final 24 minutes of Newcastle’s 3-0 win in the relegation run in of 2015/16 and was an unused substitute in September when the Magpies won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
With more or less a full squad (Mitro, Lejeune and Gamez injured) to choose from tomorrow, interesting to see what Rafa Benitez goes for in a vital game.
“Newcastle have a good team, they are very good in offensive transitions, so when they get the ball they are very fast, so that makes them probably more dangerous when they play away because of that speed.
“They have quality in their game, they have good players like Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in the middle, especially Shelvey who is a very talented player.
“Jonjo Shelvey is a player with an important dynamic in the way that he plays.
“He is a very good passer, he controls the tempo and he is a player with a good impact in that team.
“A player with a very good influence on the attacking dynamic of Newcastle, but not just him, they have a lot of good players.
“They have attacking players who are very good in one-on-one situations, there are full-backs with pace and good centre-backs.
“They are a good team, but even good teams have weaknesses, and we will go toe-to-toe with them, of this I am sure.
“In all three games (since Carlos Carvalhal arrived at Swansea), the players have played exactly as I wanted in that moment.
“The most important thing right now is that we are competitive in every game and we have been so far.
“At Newcastle we will try to use all the good things we have at the moment and we will try to hide the weaknesses we have.
“They are a good side with good players and good organisation, and they will have a good crowd behind them.
“It’s not a decisive game for us but of course it’s a very important game. All the games are important for us now.
“We will try our best to make sure we can win the game. We will always fight for three points, we don’t go anywhere to try to draw.
“We have respect for the quality they have but we will fight for the win – let’s see what happens at the end.”
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