Sydney fully expect an enthusiastic Carlton to ratchet up the pressure blowtorch on them, as the Blues attempt to spring a major AFL upset at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
The Swans enter the game high on confidence after an 80-point opening round home thrashing of Collingwood.
Sydney speedster Harry Cunningham stressed the Swans haven’t dwelt on that impressive performance and are bracing themselves for a pressure-packed performance from a Carlton side which displayed plenty of tenacity in their nine-point season-opening loss to Richmond.
“They are a very hard working side, they run back to defend and counteract from there and get their attack going from there,” Cunningham told AAP.
“But the one thing thing I probably noticed most is their pressure around the footy has been pretty red hot.
“We’re going to have to be strong in that area of the game on Sunday.
“It was obviously a great start last week. We really wanted to come out and play a strong brand of footy and we were able to do that.
“That’s behind us. It’s a good start to the season, but we’re really looking forward to doing that again this weekend.”
New Carlton coach Brendan Bolton confirmed his side intended making life difficult for the more fancied Swans, but wasn’t underestimating the task facing the Blues.
“We give ourselves a chance in every game, but we know its a challenge,” Bolton said.
“They (Sydney) are really good at the contested footy and they looked in form up forward, but we’ll throw everything at them.”
Bolton suggested No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering could again spend time on Swans spearhead Lance Franklin after they clashed in a NAB Cup match three weeks ago.
“I’d like to think there are some times where he is on `Bud’ because again we’re about growth and learning,” Bolton said.
Irishman Zac Tuohy will play his 100th game for Carlton and defender Sam Docherty his 50th.
For Sydney, veteran defender Ted Richards is back from a calf issue and replaces injured recruit Michael Talia down back.