Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal was left raving over the professionalism of the Tottenham players after they swept aside the Swans in their FA Cup quarter final.
The two sides met at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to fight for a place in the last four of England’s premier cup competition, but despite the best efforts of Carvalhal’s men, it was the Lilywhites who progressed, setting up a semi final against Manchester United.
After seeing Christian Eriksen net a double and Erik Lamela add to the 3-0 win, the Swansea boss could not help but praise Spurs, highlighting how hard Pochettino’s men worked to secure victory, something fans will love to hear from a rival manager.
He was quoted by Ham and High as saying: “For a team like us to win this game two things must happen – we must be at our best level and Tottenham must have a bad day.
“But they took the game very, very seriously and caused problems for us and it was difficult for us to fight against them.
“We understand the difference between the teams. It is very clear.”
Football Insider verdict
Carvalhal has come across as gracious in defeat with these comments, but he would have had little case were he to have argued the eventual result. Spurs were a cut above the Swans and showed off the gulf in class between the two sides with a comprehensive victory which puts them in touching distance of their first major trophy for a decade. The supporters will be hoping they can see the same sort of impressive display when Manchester United visit Wembley next month, who will pose a much tougher threat than Swansea did. Can Pochettino and his men pull off victory? United beat Spurs back in October, while the Lilywhites won at the start of February, meaning this will be the deciding clash for supremacy.
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