Injuries took their toll: Three things we learned about Tottenham in win v Swansea
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Football Insider reveals the three main talking points from Tottenham’s dramatic 3-1 win over Swansea in the Premier League on Wednesday
Injuries took their toll
For much of the game, Tottenham were off the pace. Even though they were dominant and constantly pushing Swansea back, they created few clear-cut chances and the home side’s resolve looked as though it would see them fall short. However, had they had a number of their more regular faces at their disposal, it could have been a different story. The absence of Hugo Lloris didn’t have much of an impact, but it was the absence of key figures like Victor Wanyama and Kane that perhaps had the biggest influence on much of their display. Nevertheless, they got the all-important three points in the end, but it was far from a smooth ride.
Janssen the unlikely game-changer
Tottenham have coped well during their last two Premier League games in the absence of injured talisman Harry Kane, winning against both Southampton and Burnley. However, they suffered for much of the game against Swansea from a lack of conviction in the final third, something that is unlikely to have been an issue with the prolific Kane leading the line. South Korea international Son Heung-Min was tasked with playing up front for Tottenham but made little impression as a centre forward, until his goal in extra-time. But it was the impact of substitute Vincent Janssen that swung the game in Tottenham’s favour, and the 22-year-old can be delighted with his cameo display. His hold-up play was superb, giving Spurs the link of play between midfield and attack that they had been missing for much of the game, and proved a key figure in their dramatic late turn around.
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Title race still on
With Chelsea going up against Manchester City in a crucial tie, Tottenham knew they could increase the pressure at the top of the table with a win over Swansea. A defeat, on the other hand, would surely have all but ended Tottenham’s hopes of catching the league leaders, but their victory very much keeps things alive. They may well still have to rely on a Chelsea slip-up, but following their shock defeat to Crystal Palace at the weekend, they know that they have a chance if they keep winning games.
In other Tottenham news, here is how the Spurs players rated during the victory.