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Carlos Carvalhal suggests he could have changed formation in final year at Sheffield Wednesday

Carlos Carvalhal suggests he could have changed formation in final year at Sheffield Wednesday

During Carlos Carvalhal’s first two seasons at Sheffield Wednesday, the Owls enjoyed some of their best times in recent memory.

The manager, who became the first foreign boss at Hillsborough in their history, led the team to back-to-back playoff campaigns in the Championship.

The side were beaten at Wembley in their first visit, before being beaten by Huddersfield Town on penalties in the following season in the semi-final.

However, Carvalhal then struggled to replicate those performances in his third year, which saw him leave his position as manager on Christmas Eve.

And, in an interview with The Sheffield Star, he admitted that he could have looked at trying to change the way his team played when asked if he had any regrets or would do anything different.

“I think in the third season we could have maybe played different systems,” he said.

“When I went to Swansea, I started to play three at the back, for example. People were a little surprised at that because I played all the time 4-4-2 when I was at Sheffield Wednesday.

“The players knew and understood the 4-4-2 system and they played well in our first two seasons at Sheffield Wednesday. We believed in that system and we won a big percentage of the games.

“If you ask me now should I have tried changing something, maybe I would have tried a different system.”

The Verdict:

Hindsight is always a wonderful thing, however, at the time he obviously had felt that the 4-4-2 system had suited his side better and the previous two years had certainly gone a long way to prove that.

Carvalhal’s third year in charge saw his side come under real financial problems as well as a number of injury concerns, so it is hard to suggest that a change to from a tried-and-tested formation to a new system would have helped to improve their chances.

Jos Luhukay, his successor at Hillsborough, has opted for a number of different options since arriving, favouring a 4-3-3 setup, which has worked with varying success, although those injury concerns still remain for him as well.

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