Sheffield Wednesday: Carvalhal torn on merits of the break

Glenn Loovens
Glenn Loovens

How beneficial international breaks are to club sides will always come in for debate.

Do they act as a buffer when a winning side is building momentum? Or are they ideal for rest, recuperation and tactical work?

Life under Carlos Carvalhal for Sheffield Wednesday is still new and fresh. Work is to be done, particularly in gelling a squad that has seen 15 new arrivals and four in the last week alone.

And there are injuries to key players such as Keiren Westwood and Glenn Loovens that need time to heal.

Yet the Portuguese head coach is split on how much of a benefit he will have from the fortnight’s break.

“I don’t know if the break will be good to us or not,” Carvalhal told the Star.

“The way that we manage the team, we prefer continuous play.

“Like that, we train for three days and because we are rotating the players and we are playing the same style, we are improving the team.

“But the break is welcome also.

“First of all we must breathe some fresh air because we don’t have any days off in probably three weeks. We are working all the days.

“In this break we can give some days off to the players and also to us because we need it to come back with full energy.”

The Owls players and staff are currently enjoying a few days off after training earlier this week. They will return to full training on Monday to begin preparations for next Saturday’s trip to Burnley.

Carvalhal admitted prior to the break that he was looking forward to using some of the time to work with his players in order to correct mistakes that have crept in.

And he says there will be work carried out on the team structure that he has struggled to do during what has been an intensely busy first month of the season.

He said: “We can correct some things during the break, we can improve the players because we will have some days to work with the team.

“During this period, you can understand that in a short time you can train too much.

“You work more in strategy for each game but it is not easy to train in the team dynamic.

“At the same time we can recover some players.

“Keiren Westwood I believe will be back after the break and we will see with Glenn Loovens.”

One thing Carvalhal is looking to change is a lack of goals from his side.

After scoring six goals in their opening two matches, the Owls have been limited to just a single goal in the following five.

But the Portuguese says he remains positive because his side are creating chances.

“It is very hard to score goals but very hard to create chances also,” he said.

“We have created chances. We have missed a lot of chances.

“Because we have created chances, I feel that is why the atmosphere from the fans have been positive.

“We have created chances more recently not because we shoot from a long way or hit long balls but because we work hard.

“It is something to create. You must put balls to the side and we will score a lot of goals from crosses.

“If you ask me if we can do better, I say yes.”

So will this international break be beneficial to Carvalhal and his side?

The proof will be in the pudding.