Carvalhal – Wednesday to continue with attractive style

Carvalhal – Wednesday to continue with attractive style

Heading into this weekend’s clash at Portman Road, Carlos Carvalhal faces a selection dilemma after two impressive performances.

Carvalhal made nine changes against Mansfield from the team that beat Bristol City on the opening day and with all the players putting in quality performances he has some difficult decisions to make when Wednesday travel to Ipswich.

When asked about how he would select his team Carvalhal replied: “All season you will get the same answer from me – I will pick the best 18players to win the match.

“We choose based on what happens in training, previous matches and the opposition.”

He was certainly keeping his cards close to his chest. In terms of the style of play that will be deployed against Ipswich Carvalhal said:

Wednesday will 'dance a different dance' against Ipswich

Wednesday will ‘dance a different dance’ against Ipswich

“Our main work in training has been on our identity, principles and ideas, which we’ve worked on since the first day and remain the same. We don’t want to change our style but we must answer the questions posed by Ipswich.”

He went on to say that Wednesday must “dance a different dance” against Ipswich to Bristol City, saying that Ipswich are an easy opponent to analyse but will be harder to play.

He said that it would be a big achievement if we were to win as there are no easy games for any team in England, “not even for Manchester United or Chelsea.”

Carvalhal was keen to not get carried away despite our impressive start to the season. He didn’t want to discuss long-term aims or points targets but instead wanted to focus on the season in small steps, again likening it to a journey to London with many turns along the way and potential roadworks, traffic jams etc.

He said: “The most important match of the season is the next one.”

Jack Hunt is enjoying his Wednesday loan spell

Jack Hunt is enjoying his Wednesday loan spell

Wednesdayites will be pleased to know we head into this weekend’s match with no new injury concerns, with just Dielna and Melo remaining the absentees.

This is great news, particularly regarding Jack Hunt who looked like he might have picked up a knock against Bristol City. Hunt said he was feeling fully fit and raring to go.

He  piled the praise on Carvalhal saying: “The manager deserves a lot of credit for the win over Bristol City, the tactics were perfect.

“Nobody sees the work that goes on on the training field but he puts a lot of thought and effort into preparing us. We were set up perfectly against Bristol City.”

Hunt is clearly enjoying working with Carvalhal and said that although he is the first foreign manager that he has worked under, he is really enjoying the different style.

“He knows my natural strength is going forward and he never wants me to not be going forward,” he said.

Of course the inevitable and unavoidable question that Carvalhal seems to be asked every interview — should we be expecting any new faces in at Hillsborough and particularly a ’20-goal-a-season striker’?

Carlos Carvalhal was quick to put an end to any hopes of new signings by saying, “I need nothing.”

That’s that then. He was eager to talk up the current players at his disposal, though, and how well they have done so far.

“I want to give confidence to the players we have. We have a great team scoring goals and not conceding,” he said.

Personally I have to agree that I no longer feel we need a new striker as the new role suits Atdhe Nuhiu perfectly and Lucas João looks like he could be a brilliant acquisition after his performance in the Capital One Cup.

Do we have a new hero in Lucas João?

Do we have a new hero in Lucas João?

Although a new big name signing would certainly get people excited I wouldn’t be disappointed if we didn’t see any new signings before the transfer window closes.

In terms of those players who haven’t been making the match-day squads, Carvalhal again emphasised the fact that he chooses what he believes to be the best 18 players to win him each match.

He wasn’t willing to discuss whether we should expect to see any players leaving the club either permanently or on loan.

He said that sometimes players won’t make the squad and that’s just part of football. It is up to those players that don’t make the squad to force their way into the manager’s thoughts.

Carvalhal said: “When I was younger, if I didn’t make the bench I knew I must first make the 11. I would not ask to leave the club.”

Carvalhal made it clear that Wednesday will be heading to Ipswich with the intention of collecting all three points and said, “I won’t say we’ll win but of course we will try.”

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