The best of Carlos Carvalhal: Custard tarts, Arctic Monkeys, sardines & more

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Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal continues to entertain the Premier League with his charismatic persona and quirky anecdotes. 

Carvalhal has overseen a remarkable turnaround at the Liberty Stadium since taking over in December, as his new club continue to pick up the points required for survival.

His team have put in some impressive performances to defeat the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal as they continue to go from strength to strength.

As a result of the performances of his Swansea side, you can forgive Carvalhal for being in good spirits, and as a result he’s brought great colour to his press conferences and interviews.

We’ve taken a look at some of his best bits, both from his time in South Wales and his two years in charge at Sheffield Wednesday.

The barbecue

Swansea’s victory over Burnley came courtesy of an 81st minute winner from Ki Sung-yueng after Carvalhal threw on the cavalry to try and earn the three points – only he used a better term.

Custard tarts

Bake Off fans will recognise the Portuguese pasteis de nata from the last season of the show, and Carvalhal was kind enough to bring some of the Portuguese delicacy, similar to custard tarts, to share at a press conference recently.

Injured swans

This is a strange way of saying it’s a chance for other players, but elegant nonetheless.

Catch your breath

Nope, we have no idea either.


The Swans’ boss had this bizarre analogy regarding his January transfer business.

Not that it seems he needed his lobsters…

The £20 note

Possibly his most unexplainable moment is when he started on a £20 note during his last few months in charge at Wednesday.


“A potato cannot play the role of a fish.” Erm…

The return of the £20 note

Okay, so we don’t actually have a clue what he’s on about here either.

The sound of music

“We tried to put on different music in the second half,” he went on.

“We put on a little bit of rock and we opened them up. We took risks and we tried to win. With that kind of rock and roll we could score goals.”


He definitely embraced the local culture during his time in Sheffield.

More rock’n’roll

To be fair, it’s hard to not like the Arctic Monkeys.

Classical music?

You can’t say his tastes aren’t well rounded.

It does kind of make sense though…we think.

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