Date: 17th July 2009 at 2:43pm
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Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa says he wants to decrease the size of the squad but to improve the quality at the same time.

The 38 year-old believes the squad is too big and therefore a number of fringe players will be looking to impress over the next few weeks to convince Sousa that they’re worthy of a place in the squad for the 2009/2010 season.

The Portuguese legend is looking to streamline the squad and tomorrow’s friendly at home to FC Twente is a lot more than just a training match.

Sousa told Wales Online:

“I don`t know how many players will have to leave,”

“I just know that I want to reduce the size of the squad and increase the quality.

“I have these games over the next week to help me make a final decision. I hope it will be the best decision.

“I wouldn`t call this game against Twente a trial though. It`s more a game in which I can confirm my doubts.”

He continued: “The squad is close to the level I wanted. But we have only had three weeks together and one game in Portugal last week.

“Now we have a full 90 minutes to improve our intensity and standard. Then I can start to make some decisions.”


You can read our Preview of the FC Twente game here