Date: 22nd April 2018 at 9:07pm
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Swansea City’s tepid display at the Etihad Stadium – home of new Premier League champions Manchester City – left our fans frustrated and deflated.

The 5-0 scoreline wasn’t the issue, that was to be expected away at a team that are looking to break records in their final five games, but it was the way we went about it. Carvalhal’s negative tactics contributed, but so too the lack of effort and desire on show.

“Sums up the entire performance. It’s been completely gutless.”

We were looking to upset the title-winning party, but we simply helped the hosts to enjoy it even more.

Some of their fans ran on to the pitch at full time after watching a vintage home performance from Guardiola’s men, but Swansea’s were more than relieved to get off it.

Yes it was Manchester City, and yes they’re a side that have won the title with 5 games to spare, but it doesn’t mean that you go into the game with such a negative attitude and game-plan. We were set up to defend very deep and nothing else, and with their quality, a 12th-minute goal was inevitable, plus the four that followed.

Max Hicks sums up the problem with our tactics today. We played into their hands really. Gave them complete freedom and when you do that, they punish you – multiple times.

Like Daniel says below, regardless of the opposition, we have to give more. You can’t have excuses for that, we surely have to show a bit more fight?

And it wasn’t negative, defensive tactics just because we were at Manchester City either, but we’ve been very defensive away from home wherever we’ve played, whether it’s West Brom, Brighton or the champions.

Fortunately for us now, we have 3 home games and only one more away.

Will we set up to defend again when Chelsea are at the Liberty? Surely there’s no way Carvalhal can employ similar tactics again when we need points still?

Average Positions: Manchester City 5-0 Swansea City


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