The best of Carlos Carvalhal: Custard tarts, Arctic Monkeys, sardines & more
Carlos Carvalhal has proven himself as a more than decent manager during his time with Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City – but he’s generated just as much buzz for what he’s done off the pitch.
Carvalhal had already managed 15 clubs by time he took his first job in England with Wednesday in 2015, and ever since then he’s been amusing us all with his genius anecdotes.
Here are just a small selection of his funniest comments since he moved to the UK.
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.
Carlos Carvalhal on Swansea's win over Burnley and his attacking substitutions: “We put all the meat on the barbecue! We put all the meat on the fire to try and win.”
— Dafydd Pritchard (@DafPritchard) February 10, 2018
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.
— TFS Swansea City (@TFS_SwanseaCity) February 8, 2018
This is a strange way of saying it’s a chance for other players, but elegant nonetheless.
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal on injuries ruling Fer and Bony out for the season.
"When one Swan falls, another Swan will fly"
— Phil Blanche (@philblanche) February 5, 2018
Catch your breath
Nope, we have no idea either.
Could watch Carlos Carvalhal's press conferences all day! 😂
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) January 31, 2018
The Swans’ boss had this bizarre analogy regarding his January transfer business.
"I will do my best to try and bring in the best players. I will look to the lobsters and sea bass, but if not we must buy sardines. But sometimes the sardines can win games."
— Futsal Elite (@FutsalElite) January 5, 2018
Not that it seems he needed his lobsters…
You know how Jesus turned water into wine?
Carlos Carvalhal just turned a team of sardines into lobsters!!!!!!!
— Dan (@D8nnyJ) February 10, 2018
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.
Here's Carlos Carvalhal punching a £20 note.
Obviously doesn't know they're not as indestructible as the new £5 ones.
(Via Sheffield Star) pic.twitter.com/Kq0GXrz3IY
— Coral (@Coral) September 26, 2017
“A potato cannot play the role of a fish.” Erm…
— Betfred (@Betfred) April 4, 2017
The return of the £20 note
Okay, so we don’t actually have a clue what he’s on about here either.
— Proper Sport (@ProperSport) October 2, 2017
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.”
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) January 12, 2016
He definitely embraced the local culture during his time in Sheffield.
— Chris Holt (@HoltChris) March 2, 2017
To be fair, it’s hard to not like the Arctic Monkeys.
"The lead singer is the one who shows the best performance when he is singing but he needs the others to do good music. Alone, the singer can do nothing. I like the Arctic Monkeys."
Carlos Carvalhal, my manager
— Bower (@LewisBower_) February 2, 2018
You can’t say his tastes aren’t well rounded.
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) December 26, 2015
It does kind of make sense though…we think.
— Dom Howson (@domhowson) October 27, 2015