Tottenham managed to complete a late fightback to pick up three points against Swansea City to keep their title hopes alive. Although Chelsea also won, they have maintained the pressure and that is all they can do at this stage. Swansea will be disappointed to squander their lead late in the game and come out of the match with nothing. They are now back in the bottom three and facing a real battle over the coming weeks to stay up in the Premier League. Here are three things that we learned from Wednesday’s match…
There is a real fighting spirit in this Tottenham team
They were up against it for a lot of this match after falling behind to an early Wayne Routledge goal and they could have been forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t their day. However, the players continued to work hard and they were rewarded for it with three late goals. It was no less than they deserved after dominating for long periods of the match. They had 72% of possession and attempted 18 shots during the match compared to Swansea’s four.
Mauricio Pochettino deserves a lot of credit for the changes that he made to force a turnaround. He brought on Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, which posed different problems for the Swansea defence. Although neither managed to score on Wednesday, they improved the Tottenham attack and forced a breakthrough. It also showed that the manager isn’t stubborn and willing to make positive changes if required. They should be set for a strong finish to the season and push Chelsea all the way.
Swansea are in real trouble
Although there were good parts to their performance, it could have a disastrous effect on the squad’s mentality to lose this match the way that they did. They have now fallen into the bottom three and are two points behind Hull City. After a good start to Paul Clement’s reign as manager, they have taken only one point from their last four matches. At this stage of the season, momentum is crucial and the Swans are building the wrong kind.
The next three matches are huge for Swansea as they are going to face trips to West Ham and Watford before a home game against Stoke City. These are all sides that haven’t been in great form and represent the opportunity for the Swans to take points. If they don’t take a good total of points from these matches, they may find themselves cut adrift and that would be worrying for them heading into their final four matches.
Dele Alli has stepped up in Harry Kane’s absence
It was feared that Tottenham would drop off the pace without Harry Kane as he has been their main supplier of goals. However, their midfield has stepped up and it is Dele Alli leading the attack now. He has been inconsistent since breaking into the Spurs first team, but he was the star man on Wednesday as Tottenham came from behind to win. The England international is starting to perform on a weekly basis and he is set to play a massive role over the course of the run-in.
Against Swansea, he managed to score the equaliser, before earning an assist for the final goal of the game. He was at the centre of a lot of the side’s attacking play, as he completed three key passes and attempted four shots. His confidence never wavers and that is one of the main reasons for his success in the final third. On Wednesday, his role changed slightly as he was asked to play in the number ten position as Pochettino moved back to a 4-2-3-1. However, he continued to cause a lot of problems for the Swansea back four and his mental strength is unquestionable. He provided when it really mattered and helped his side to a very important win.
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