Carlos Carvalhal claims only pressure on Sheffield Wednesday's players comes from trying to make sure they get in the team

The Owls are currently inside the Championship play-off places, but Carvalhal is unconcerned about the pressure of a promotion race.

Carlos Carvalhal has told Sheffield Wednesday's official website that it is not the pressure of a promotion battle, but rather the pressure of trying to get into the Owls' team that should be concerning his squad.

Wednesday are currently sixth in the Championship, but have a group of three teams that are all within two points of them. And with two of those sides boasting a game in hand over the team, the squad would be forgiven for starting to feel the heat as the promotion race really kicks into life. 

However, Carvalhal has insisted earning a place in the team should be the only thing that is bothering the members of the squad, rather than their hopes of reaching the Premier League.

"The big pressure they have is only to themselves, if they will play or not," he told the club's official website.

"When you have this kind of pressure on yourself you don’t think too much about the environment and a lot of things because you must think about doing the maximum to play."

While many managers in Wednesday's position would probably look to quash any talk of going up as there are still plenty of points to play for before the season's conclusion, the way that Carvalhal has used his squad this term would suggest that he is not simply looking to avoid allowing any complacency to creep in.

The Portuguese has frequently tinkered with his selection regardless of the form of the player he is resting, but with every remaining game arguably having considerable implications for their promotion hopes, he may decide that it is time to concentrate on sticking with a settled side, thus increasing the pressure on those on the fringes to prove that they deserve a chance. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch