Carlos Carvalhal has explained that the preparation that his backroom staff do before each game has been a key reason behind the success that Sheffield Wednesday have enjoyed this season, the Sheffield Star reports.
The Owls' victory over Cardiff last weekend saw them guarantee their spot in the play-off places with one game of the regular season left to play. And Carvalhal suggested that the work that is done off the pitch has been a major factor as to why Wednesday have been surprising many on it.
"We try to predict what will happen during the game, that means the players are more confident," he told the Star.
"We know what the opponent can do, and what we can do to them.
"If you go into a dark room and you don’t know what it’s inside, you will be anxious. If you saw the room before and you know there is nothing inside, you can go in there and no problems.
"We try to minimise everything, preview anything, and try to make the players more safe and confident."
The preparation that the team do is perhaps all the more impressive given that the Portuguese had no experience of the English league before he arrived at Hillsborough in the summer.
Despite that, his selection policy - which appears to take form out of the equation and concentrates more on fitness and the impact that a certain player can have against a particular opposition - has been hugely beneficial to the Owls being the ones that moved themselves away from the chasing pack that were vying for that final top six spot and subsequently managing to hold onto that position.
And while their record against the top five may give some Wednesday fans concerns about how likely they are to enjoy success in the play-offs, they can take plenty of belief from the way that Carvalhal and his team have worked out how to get the better of the opposition on many occasions this term.