Andre Ayew Marks Swansea City Second Debut In Win Over Burnley

Randy Kelley
February 12, 2018

It's not uncommon for managers to enjoy a frosty relationship with the media.

When Carlos Carvalhal was appointed as Swansea manager on Dec 28, the side he inherited were doomed for relegation.

Carvalhal's colourful analogies have been a regular theme since he replaced Paul Clement.

The former Sheffield Wednesday boss has earned a reputation for conjuring unlikely results as well as obscure metaphors and produced both on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.

'You're staff you're not allowed (one),' he joked when one Swansea official tried to help himself.

And at his pre-Burnley press conference he prompted laughter when handing out traditional Portuguese pastries, known as Pasteis de Nata, to reporters.

'I'm joking you don't have nothing, ' he laughed when the journalist stopped mid-question.

Carvalhal has developed a habit of using metaphors when it comes to talking about Swansea, after comparing their transfer business to shopping for "sardines not lobsters" last month.

Carvalhal said: "When we arrived we were in the deep ocean".

'It's a new style, 5-4-1, not keeping the ball, it's mainly counter-attack. After recovering from a hamstring injury, Andre is looking to break into a Swansea team that are unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions and hammered Notts County 8-1 in an FA Cup replay during the week.

"They have trained very well".

Burnley continue to defy the doubters and their latest upset against the odds was last Saturday's home 1-1 with Manchester City when they made the visitors rue a series of missed chances by grabbing a late equaliser through Johann Berg Gudmundsson. It's another big challenge'.

Burnley have several key players on the sidelines with defender James Tarkowski and goalkeeper Tom Heaton two of the premier players missing, while Robbie Brady, Steven Defour, Chris Wood and Jon Walters will also miss the game through injury, but left-sided player Stephen Ward is expected to feature, as Sean Dyche aims to recapture the winning thread in south Wales.

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