Swansea City’s preparations for the visit of former Premier League champions Chelsea to the Liberty Stadium are in full swing, with Carlos Carvalhal’s men looking to get their bid for survival back on track after the mauling at Manchester City.
Carvalhal himself faced the media this afternoon ahead of this weekend’s crunch game, and discussed several key talking points.
One such topic was the future of Ki Sung-Yueng, with Everton becoming the latest club to be linked with the midfielder, who is a free agent in the summer.
Both Carvalhal and Ki have already insisted that they are not thinking about anything beyond this season, but the Swans boss is surely keen on keeping the South Korean, who’s previously been linked with AC Milan.
The Portuguese also gave updates on Federico Fernandez, who limped out of the defeat at the Etihad, as well as Kyle Bartley
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The Welsh side are four points clear of Mark Hughes and his Saints side in 18th place with four games remaining. After Chelsea, Swansea face Bournemouth before two huge clashes against Southampton and Stoke and Carvalhal will probably fancy picking up at least six points from their remaining four matches.
The arrival of Andre Ayew in January proved an impressive buy when the forward lined up against his brother Jordan in a 4-1 win over West Ham United six games ago, but the Ayew pairing have not been able to halt a slide of late that has seen the Swans draw three and lose two of their last five league outings, including a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City last time out.
Swansea have already beaten Liverpool and Arsenal this term. A victory over Chelsea would see the team become the first side outside of the top six to win against those three clubs during the current campaign. That said, City have produced just one victory in 13 Premier League matches against Chelsea.
The Swans have managed to stave off the Blues in their last two visits to the Liberty, where Swansea have managed to pick up a victory and a draw. Heading into the game, however, Carvalhal’s men are winless in six across all competitions lately and have not been able to score in half of those games either.