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10 May 2018

Swansea: Carlos Carvalhal's 5 most memorable analogies

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It seems only a moment ago that Carlos Carvalhal was widely admired in the Premier League. 

He arrived at Swansea in December and fans were quickly infatuated: here was a character, humorous and irreverent. He appeared an accomplished coach, too.

When Carvalhal took over from Paul Clement, Swansea were bottom and five points adrift of safety. The Portuguese guided his side to 17 points from his first nine games: a remarkable turnaround. Survival, by March, seemed not just possible, but probable.

But an awful run of form in recent weeks - which coincided with a switch from Carvalhal to more conservative, defensive football - has seen Swansea now almost certainly relegated.

Carvalhal has insisted that Swansea "were dead" when he took charge but, ultimately, he has failed to revive them. The Swans will go down and Carvalhal will depart, and the overriding memory will be of his quirky, endlessly quotable press conferences.

Here are five of his best analogies.