Carlos Carvalhal urges Swansea to dream


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Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal has urged his players to dream of playing at Wembley after they progressed to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1964.

The Swans had been forced into a replay in the previous three rounds but Carvalhal’s men found a way past Sheffield Wednesday at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Second-half goals form Jordan Ayew and Nathan Dyer were enough against the Owls and Swansea will now take on the winner of Tottenham v Rochdale in the next round.

Swansea remain in the bottom three in the Premier League after their defeat to Brighton last weekend but Carvalhal insists the Welsh outfit can reach the final four of the FA Cup.

He told reporters: “I have ‘Carlos had a dream’ written here in my jacket. 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 Wembley [for the semi-final] so let’s see what happens.

“I am very happy and very proud of my players. I am happy we have achieved this. Now we will play either Rochdale or Tottenham at home and we could go to Wembley, so we are in a very good position.”

With the likes of Spurs, Manchester United and Chelsea still left in the competition, Swansea are priced at 21.00 to lift the trophy in May.

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