Paulo Targets Derby History

Friday, 2 April 2010, 9:39
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The Swansea City manager will lead his side tomorrow knowing that victory will see his name etched in the record books as the first ever manager to achieve the league double.

Having won a pulsating match at the Liberty earlier this season, Sousa is looking for a repeat of that victory to complete the historic double.

He told the Western Mail “We have made history many times this season and we can break more records on Saturday.

“As a manager it is one more game, but I cannot ignore this game has a different environment.

“I know about the past of this fixture – and it means I am in a very good position to make history because I have already won one game.

“We want the derby record but we also want the clean sheet record too – we can have the two on Saturday and that is what I am looking for.

“And we are confident we can look for the three points because my players are fresh. We have seen players return from injury and able to train more and that gives us the possibility to improve.

“I believe in my training because I believe it always gives you the opportunity to be stronger and reinforce the principles and quality of the side.

“We have had better preparation and for that I predict a very bright end to the season. We will get back to our best.

“Are they only going to play with seven players? It doesn’t matter about what centre backs they may or may not have available because they will play with 11.

“You have to remember last month we had to make adjustments because of injuries, keep playing players who were injured in difficult circumstances – but that is life.

“I don’t care if they are weakened. We will look to weaken them not because they have two or three players out of the first XI, our performance should give them problems so the critics cans say Swansea made them look poor.

“They compare well to the rest of the division and when you have the quality of the players they have in attack you will score a lot of goals

“But it also shows the difference in wages – and sometimes when there is a difference in wages it can make a difference during the season.

“But I don’t worry about them – and I said they are the ones that should be worried because they have fallen away before. They go into the end of the season under more pressure than us.

“They have their own situation – but I will not lose any sleep thinking about them. My club is my only concern.

“I said when I joined we needed only to build strong foundations for the future this season.

“And we have done that, enough to look to the future with a lot of happiness.

“Our achievement this year is already impressive. But we will keep working because we have the opportunity to make it better.”

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