CARLOS COY AHEAD OF CITY CLASH

CARLOS COY AHEAD OF CITY CLASH

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has warned Wednesdayites not to set the bars of expectation too high this coming campaign ahead of this weekend’s curtain-raiser against Bristol City.

With 11 new recruits walking through the Hillsborough door to sign for the Owls so far this summer, resulting in an increase in optimism surrounding those of a blue and white persuasion, the former Braga coach made it clear that whilst he can promise passion and dedication during his time at the Wednesday helm, results are something that are out of his control.

“We must be realistic, we must understand that there are steps to take before we get to where we want to be,” he said. “I don’t want to create a big expectation but also I don’t want to break the wishes of the players and the fans.

“We will take it step by step and let’s see what we can do but I can promise we will fight 100% every game to try and win.”

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The Portuguese’s modest approach towards the Owls’ prospects this season also coincides with the fact he is well aware that six of those 11 who have signed  this pre-season possess no experience of English football, similarly to Carvalhal himself – meaning the acquisition of Championship experience elsewhere in the form of Lewis McGugan, Ross Wallace and Rhoys Wiggins are vital to make Wednesday a competitive outfit this coming term.

“We need these kind of players with this experience to help the foreign players adapt to this kind of football,” said Carvalhal. “It will be easier if the base of the team is from the Championship, it will be easier for the foreign players to understand how we want to play.

“We try to do this (recruitment) with good sense because we want to bring players in to improve the team and not for them to just be a number.”

CC also hinted that his squad wasn’t fully complete yet and that a 20-goal-a-season striker may still be on the agenda, although that may arrive from a foreign source due to the expensive nature of the British market, hence why our imports have commonly been from overseas this transfer window.

Carvalhal has declared since he first arrived in the Steel City the importance of this Saturday’s maiden league fixture against newly promoted Bristol City and the 49-year old echoed many of his previous remarks, while ensuring his side doesn’t get too complacent against a side who were in the tier below this time last season.

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“We know it’ll be a difficult match, we know the opposition very well, we know they also have big ambitions,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for them but we will do everything to try and win the first match.

“[The team] is ready to start the competition. The majority of the players who will start the match know the Championship. During the last six weeks we have become nearer to the way we want to play. We are ready to play and to fight for these three points in the first match, this is the most important.”

With a crowd of around 26,000 expected to flood into Hillsborough come Saturday afternoon, Carvalhal was keen to stress the importance of Wednesdayites creating an atmosphere to push the players to a first three points of the campaign.

“If we create an atmosphere our players will answer with the best that we have inside,” he said. “Last year the home results weren’t good and we want to change this but to do that we need our own supporters.

“They need to help us a lot to create a positive environment and I’m sure if they do that the answer from our players will be very good.”

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