Why Tottenham victory against Swansea proves they can cope without Kane
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Tottenham proved that they can cope without Harry Kane after their dramatic win against Swansea on Wednesday.
Kane is currently sidelined for Spurs and fans have been worried that his absence could cost them ground in the Premier League title race.
A lot of people panicked after the 23-year-old picked up an injury against Millwall in March, but Mauricio Pochettino’s tactical masterclass and Dele Alli’s phenomenal performances means that they are just fine without their talismanic striker at the moment.
Pochettino proved that his side can cope with the worst of situations after they scored three late goals to clinch a 3-1 victory.
His players passed Swansea to death throughout the match – according to BBC Sport they bossed 73% of possession.
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Swansea have been in hot form recently and Paul Clement has proved himself to be a good manager, meaning that the trip to the Liberty was never going to be an easy one.
But Poch’s brilliant tactics and team selection was the dividing factor. The Swans simply couldn’t cope with the ball being played around them at 100mph for an entire 90 minutes.
Son Heung-Min, who scored the critical second goal after Alli’s equaliser, has proved that he is more than capable of stepping in for Kane after scoring in back-to-back games.
Even the much-maligned Vincent Janssen has been improving and was actually the catalyst for the comeback, setting up Son in the 91st minute.
Such strength in depth highlights how good Tottenham actually are.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea would all struggle without their main strikers. If Diego Costa picked up any kind of medium-term injury this season, you could make a strong case that Spurs could be top of the league.
Unfortunately, Pochettino’s side failed to make up any ground on Premier League leaders Chelsea after they secured a 2-1 victory over Man City.
Tottenham have a slim chance of winning their first league title since 1960/61 and are currently seven points behind Antonio Conte’s men.
However the victory did mean that qualifying for next season’s Champions League is looking more of a certainty as there is an 11 point gap between Spurs and fifth-placed Arsenal.
In other Tottenham news, Darren Anderton has reacted to the dramatic win at Swansea.