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Takeaways from the Swansea game

4:43 pm

Observations From the Swansea FA Cup Victory

Takeaways from the 3-0 FA Cup victory at Swansea

I haven't written about a game in a while have I, so let me expound the plus I saw in our emphatic performance against Swansea City.

It wasn't the marginal possession stats that impressed me, 77% in the first half, 73% in the second half, nor our goal attempts 9 in the first half, 16 in the second half. No it was ou passing around the box.

So often we look ponderous or simply pass looking for an opening that isn't there. A poor mans tippy tappy Barcelona. But against Swansea, we passed the ball around the box intricately and quickly. We caused problems.

Of course it isn't going to be successful all the time, of course we are going to lose possession, but the little flicks and passing will at other times and will unlock big games. What we produced is now the standard we must aim for every game.

Our interchanging of position behind the front man was something on a level I don't recall seeing from us before. Lucas Moura looks an exceptional purchase. The clown who permanently slags off the club he is supposed to support. Baffoon. Moura can pass all right and he appears to have good vision too.

The other thing that impressed was Erik Lamela. Regular readers will know I have criticised both the club and Lamela over his mental attitude and how we helped him settle when he first arrived, we could have done more in my opinion.

Out wide he doesn't always have the impact that his passing can have. For me centrally he is an alternative to Eriksen, he has the all important vision. He can see a pass, that is a gift not all players have and something we can use centrally, but it's lost if he is out wide.


COYS

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Player & Former Player tweets

12:24 am

SWANSEA 1 SPURS 3


This is how much it means. These are the moments you want to bottle up and experience again and again 🔥🔥

Vincent Janssen - Get in! Great comeback in Wales tonight
Vincent Janssen - 3 points! Thanks for the support
Michel Vorm - What a result!
Harry Kane - Unbelievable comeback tonight!
Harry Kane - Big Away Win!
Spurs Official Account - Never give in
Dele Alli - Great win away from home! Many thanks to the traveling fans
Dele Alli - We will keep on fighting and pushing, another great win
Georges-Kevin N'Koudou - PASSION Its not over yet ...
Mousa Dembele - BIG WIN! Amazing support today
Toby Alderweireld - 3 Important points
Jan Vertonghen - Very important 3 points!
Jan Vertonghen - Unbelievable feeling!
Eric Dier - Left that a bit late

Ledley King - What a comeback!! great mentality from the lads
Graham Roberts - So lucky to have Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen and Sonny who contribute so many vital goals to the club.
Graham Roberts - The fact anyone even mentioned us in a title race this season is incredible the manager players done fantastic again with what others spent
Graham Roberts - The last few weeks I can see Vincent Janssen really working hard and playing well the fans really warm to him so pleased for him
Ossie Ardiles - Relief. Happiness. Pride. Winning mentality. Togetherness. Never give up... An more, Proud to be Spurs supporter. COYS COYS COYS
Ossie Ardiles - Extraordinary result. No words to express... Relief? Happiness? Big big congratulations to MP and the boys at Spurs. COYS COYSMicky Hazard - Never doubted it for 1 second, keep the faith boys, top sides somehow find a way and guess what we are a top side COYSSSSSSSSS YESSSSSSSSS

Injuries this season: Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Victor Wanyama, Ben Davies, Harry Winks.
Injuries and illnesses against Swansea City: Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela, Harry Winks, Victor Wanyama and Harry Kane

What an incredible finish to a game, 2 minutes to go and three goals scored. It just goes to show how important it was to not go behind and have Swansea park the bus behind the ball, it's why that dreadful Moussa Sissoko attempt at a simple pass was so costly. All he had to do was slide the ball at an angle towards the goal to the far post and the defender wouldn't have been able to cut it our, we would have been 1-0 up and the game is a different kettle of fish.

Swansea would have then had to attack us at some point and we could then exploit the space. As it was they didn't have to give us any space and we struggled. What is the point of putting him on the pitch, what does he contribute, nothing.

We can all wake up happy tomorrow knowing we are 5 points clear in second place with a game in hand.

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Sissoko costs Spurs

8:45 pm

Swansea v Spurs


Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen (C), Davies, Dier, Dembele, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son

Subs: Lopez, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Trippier, Onomah, Nkoudou, Janssen

Mauricio Pochettino revealed before the game that Hugo Lloris was unwell meaning a start for Michel Worm against his old side and another game on the bench for number 3 Pau Lopez.

"Hugo started to feel unwell after lunch so stayed at the hotel. He is not ready to play."
As expected after a rest following the international break, South Korean Son Heung-min resumed duties as centre-forward with Dutchman Vincent Janssen dropping to the bench. Harry Winks is of course out for the season and Victor Wanyama hasn't recovered sufficiently from the knee he got in the back against Burnley. Frenchman Moussa Sissoko took his place.

The big moment of the first half came after just 5 minutes when Moussa Sissoko had the simplest of passes to make across the penalty box for us to tap the ball home and go 1-0 up, but he inexplicably played it so Leroy Far could cut the ball out by playing it behind the first man. It was a crazy choice of pass and it had a knock on effect.

Swansea City then scored and subsequently put every man behind the ball, dropping 5 yards deeper and asking us to try and break down a packed defence. That one moment of laziness, because that's what it was, from Sissoko meant instead of having our noses in front we were chasing the game. had we been in front it would have been a different game, Swansea couldn't just park the bus.

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Opportunity awaits

9:59 am

SWANS v SPURS


Today we could pull 6 points clear of Liverpool and if Manchester City win, remain 5 points clear of them.

It doesn't make a great deal of difference to the gap between ourselves and Chelsea whether Manchester City win or draw. The only difference it really make is goal difference, all assuming we win of course.

A Man City win would then leave us 4 points behind Chelsea which would mean they would have to lose a game and draw a game if we won all of our remaining fixtures.

If Man City draw then we are 5 points behind Chelsea and they would need to lose and draw for us to catch them and the title be decided on goal difference.

It is a big ask for us to win all our remaining games but even a Man City draw isn't a bad result for us. First off, we have to beat Swansea City tonight on their patch.

Their last three games have seen a 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough, a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth and a 2-1 defeat to Hull City.

Last 4 at homeLast 4 away
(in the league, most recent first)
SWANSEA - Middlesbrough 0-0 0-2 Burnley - SPURS
SWANSEA - Burnley 3-2 2-0 Liverpool - SPURS
SWANSEA - Leicester City 2-0 0-0 Sunderland - SPURS
SWANSEA - Southampton 2-1 2-2 Manchester City - SPURS

At home they gain an average of 1.2 points per game while we average 1.5 points away from home. They have won 33% of their games we have won 35% of ours, they have drawn 20%, we have drawn 43%, they have lost 47%, we have lost 21%.

On home form Swansea sit 16th with 18 points from 15 games and away from home we sit 6th with 21 points from 14 games. They have scored 21 goals and conceded 30 while we have scored 22 goals and conceded 13 on our travels.

Their home games have seen two or more goals 87% of the time, while our travels have seen two or more goals in 79% of the games.

For those of you looking for a half-time angle, a draw, particularly 0-0 is a popular score. Swansea have been drawing 7 out of 15, we have been drawing 7 out of 14. The odds are 2.3 at the moment.

Halftime scores at home
0 - 0426.7%
1 - 1320.0%
0 - 1320.0%
1 - 0213.3%
0 - 316.7%
0 - 216.7%
2 - 016.7%
 
Halftime scores away
0 - 0535.7%
1 - 0321.4%
1 - 1214.3%
0 - 317.1%
0 - 217.1%
0 - 117.1%
2 - 017.1%

HomeTotalHALFTIME LEADTotalAway
3 / 155 / 30Leading at halftime12 / 293 / 14
5 / 1511 / 30Losing at halftime6 / 294 / 14
20%17%Leading at halftime (%)41%21%
33%37%Losing at halftime (%)21%29%

Both teams score in 53% of their home game and 57% of our away games. They keep 27% of clean sheets, we keep 29%. They fail to score in 33% and we in 29%. They score in both halves 20% of the time and we 21% of the time, while they concede at home 47% of the time in both halves, while we only concede 7% of the time in both halves away from home.

HomeTotalOPENING GOALSTotalAway
5 / 159 / 30Team scores first17 / 295 / 14
8 / 1519 / 30Opponent scores first10 / 297 / 14
33%30%Team scores first (%)59%36%
53%63%Opponent scores first (%)34%50%

HomeAwayHOME / AWAY ADVANTAGEHomeAway
64%36%% Points66%34%
58%42%% Goals scored61%39%
48%52%% Goals conceded38%62%

We have won 9, drawn 2 and lost none of our last 9 encounters with Swansea home and away going back to 2011.

A look at the attack and defence tables show we have a real chance of gaining another three points with Swansea City having the worst defence in the Premier League, having conceded three times the number of goals we have.

Offense
PGF
Liverpool3064
Chelsea2960
Arsenal2858
Tottenham Hotspur2957
Manchester City2956
Everton3153
Manchester United2943
Bournemouth3042
West Ham United3041
WBA3139
Crystal Palace2938
Leicester City3037
Swansea City3036
Watford3036
Southampton2833
Stoke City3133
Burnley3132
Hull City3028
Sunderland3024
Middlesbrough2920

Defense
PGA
Tottenham Hotspur2921
Chelsea2923
Manchester United2924
Manchester City2932
Middlesbrough2933
Everton3134
Southampton2836
Arsenal2836
Liverpool3037
WBA3140
Burnley3144
Stoke City3145
Leicester City3047
Crystal Palace2947
Watford3048
Sunderland3053
West Ham United3054
Bournemouth3054
Hull City3059
Swansea City3063

Opportunity awaits. COYS

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Sitting pretty

5:00 pm

SWANS vs SPURS

Swans-vs-Spurs


Tottenham Hotspur, after this weekend's set of results, are sitting pretty in second place and favourites to secure UEFA Champions League football for a second successive season for the first time.

We flopped in the UEFA Champions League this season and let's face it, we flopped in the UEFA Europa League as well. Our Premier League form though, particularly at White Hart Lane, has been imperious, the best in fact. Won 8, drawn 2 lost 1 is better than even Chelsea can muster.

Our home form is the best in the country, won 13, drawn 2 lost 0 including a run of 10 straight wins. We have four home fixtures remaining, Watford, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Away from home we have Swansea City, Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Hull City and a to be arranged game against Leicester City.

Five away games, four home games. before this week the fixture list looked like this:


Every game has become important, every game carries pressure, but pressure is merely an internal thing. Everyone has a choice whether to bow to pressure or controlo it. I guess we are going to find out what the players have learnt from last season and how they handle the pressure this season.

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Swansea City, the next step

11:03 am


There are people out there who will tell you that belief isn't important, I'll tell you now these are the people who strive to keep you from achieving what you want to achieve.

Anyone can achieve whatever they want and nobody has ever been successful who has not had to go through pain and failure, they have simply got on with achieving each individual small step until they achieve something extraordinary.

The same applies to team sports, Leicester City didn't win the Premier League title because they didn't believe they could, nobody else thought they could. But the Leicester players bought into Ranieri's belief that it was possible, that if we just win the next game, nobody can catch us. We can't change what other people are doing, we can only change what we are doing and if we pick up three points, then there is nothing anyone else can do.

That is, in essence, what he was telling his players, they understood it, bought into it and rode a wave of motivation to achieve what nobody thought was possible.

How does that apply to Tottenham? Well we can feel sorry for ourselves that Harry Kane is injured, that Danny Rose is injured, that Erik Lamela is in hospital, that Harry Winks is injured, that Victor Wanyama is injured, that Son Hung-min is tired, that Kyle Walker is tired, that Mousa Dembele is tired, we can take all that negativity and buy into defeat, or we can believe.

We can believe that if we stick to our system, stick to the way we play, stick to the movement off the ball, we can grab those next three points.

There are people in life who say I can't do that, they are wrong. What they are saying is I can't be bothered to do that, I don't want to do what it takes to achieve it. I don't want to define my goals, I don't want to break them down step-by-step and put the time and effort in to achieve one tiny step.

What happens when a footballer stops doing whatever it takes to improve? He stagnates, his mental approach stops him producing his best because he begins to settle for second best. That player is then just a squad player and regardless of who he is, if he doesn't regain his I can attitude, then he should be sold.

Moussa Sissoko is in that position right now.

But going back to our injury and fatigue situation, if players and staff believe that is going to stop us achieving anything, then it will, that belief will come true. We have gone two games now without Harry Kane and won them both, indeed we have played seven games without him and not lost any of them.

The last game is now history, all concentration goes onto the next game on Wednesday, not a future FA Cup semi-final, not on what might happen at Chelsea in midweek but on our game with Swansea City, once again away from White Hart Lane.

We can believe the media and a poor away record or we can dismiss what they say and believe we can win three points because that is all that matters. We choose what we want to believe and our players can't have the attitude of many of our fans. If they did then failure is the only option.

Our club is stepping forward step-by-step, despite what the failures will tell you Daniel Levy is building this club step-by-step. Mauricio Pochettino is a part of that and he is building the playing side step-by-step. Failures along the way is not an end, as Pochettino pointed out after the game, we must learn from last year and improve our end of season this year.

Our task is to win all the remaining games and see what happens and to break the FA Cup down we are in a two-game trophy. We have to win two games it is that simple so again the focus, when the time comes is, although the analytic staff will have already started, will be on the Chelsea semi-final and nothing else.

Right now we focus on Swansea City and the only objective that matters right now, three points.

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VIDEO Highlights - Forward runners make the difference for Spurs

6:44 pm
A battle in the rain at Swansea, a hard fought victory where we rode our luck and nicked it late on.

Forward runners make the difference for Spurs


The Everton game saw us, for probably the first time this season, start to play Pochettino wants us to play. We let ourselves down against Crystal Palace but again against Swansea we saw the signs that the players are adapting.

They now know the manager is not going anywhere and they have to change if they want to stay at Spurs. They have to take on board what Pochettino wants but more than that they have to apply it on the field, something they have been very reluctant to do.

Naturally there are problems, defensively we still need work. It was great to see Kyle Walker back, a player too many fans have abused and complained about, yet half of those couldn't wait for him to be fit to play. It is astounding that after 9 months out he has returned to the Premier League so early since he first tentative Under 21 game.

We had problems down the left again as we are always going to have when Eriksen plays on the left but the pay off is what he can give going forward.

The massive difference between recent Spurs, midweek Spurs and today Spurs was that we at long last had runners, Recently we have been standing still or staying in zones so the player on the ball can only bounce it off a forward who has his back to goal or pass sideways. With runners you can play the ball forward with a player facing the goal, which gives the defenders problems and the offers the chance to create or shoot.

The side are therefore more dangerous and the supporters happier. We now have to produce more of that more regularly.




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Spurs sit 5th on away form

10:30 am
Results continue to assist us with Southampton recording their fourth straight loss and West Ham only drawing at Sunderland. Not sides we would normally be concerned with but so poor have we been this season that that is the company we keep.

Arsenal thrashed Newcastle and Liverpool are away to Manchester United tomorrow before our away fixture at Swansea, where Ben Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson have swapped sides.

Our 5 games form is won 2 drawn 1 lost 2 which is the same as Swansea, who sit one point above us with a 6 goal better goal difference. To remain in touch we really need a win tomorrow but before the Chelsea defeat, in our last 2 away games we have been losing until the opposition had a man sent off and we could grab late wins.


1.Chelsea16123136:1339
      
2.Manchester City16113233:1436
      
3.Manchester United1584326:1728
      
4.West Ham1684427:1928
      
5.Southampton1682625:1326
      
6.Arsenal1675428:1926
      
7.Newcastle Utd1665518:2223
      
8.Swansea1564520:1722
      
9.Liverpool1563619:1921
      
10.Tottenham1563618:2121
      

Our away form we sit 5th in the table but as I say we have been rather lucky when playing rather poorly, we can't even use the excuse we have been playing against packed defences.

1.Manchester City962121:920
      
2.Chelsea843116:1015
      
3.West Ham833215:1212
      
4.Arsenal832312:1011
      
5.Tottenham73229:1211
      

We have a minus 3 goal difference overall and still a minus 3 goal difference over 7 games, we lost to Chelsea 3-0. Dwansea however have a good home record and sit 3rd in the table on home form.

1.Chelsea880020:324
      
2.Manchester United861116:619
      
3.Swansea852113:517
      

The stats suggest a draw is the best we can hope for again with Swansea having only lost at home once and ourselves being lucky to record two of our three victories away. Stats are there to be turned on their head though so fingers crossed the Spurs midfield discover how to run past the ball into the box and we pass forwards to find them.

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