After an impressive start to Tottenham’s Champions League campaign, many fans (including myself) thought that Tottenham’s Wembley predicament was behind them. But little did we know that this form in the League would be set to continue, with a stalemate against Swansea.
Eyebrows were raised before the match had even began as the team sheets were released which saw Ben Davies, who had been in stunning form, dropped to the bench and was replaced by Son in a left wing-back role. We also saw Sissoko start in the centre of midfield with Mousa Dembele on a relatively unimpressive bench in terms of attacking quality, with just the one attacking option in Llorente.
Swansea kept a largely unchanged side from the one which lost 0-1 to Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium. Renato Sanches kept his place after an embarrassing debut against the magpies, and he failed to improve as he again put in a below par performance before being substituted for Leroy Fer early in the second half.
A Swansea player that did put in a commendable performance was centre-back Federico Fernandez. The Argentinian barely put a foot wrong at Wembley as he effectively kept the Swansea back line in shape and showed quality leadership skills throughout the match. He also did a brilliant job of keeping Harry Kane, who must have been wearing a pair of shooting boots left behind by Vincent Janssen, relatively quiet. His teammate Sam Clucas also did an excellent job of keeping Christian Eriksen out of the game, which damaged Tottenham’s creativity and Spurs generally resorted to crosses which proved futile.
Swansea seldom troubled the Tottenham defence, but Swansea’s back line proved to be unbreakable and kept a very attacking Tottenham side at bay. Tottenham’s “Plan B” option in ex-Swansea forward Fernando Llorente proved ineffective, and some fans felt he contributed next-to nothing and was no trouble for the Swansea defence to keep quiet, in a ‘Soldado-esque’ performance. This could be deemed unfair as he was only on the pitch for 20 minutes at most, but what me and my fellow fans did see was not an impressive performance.
Tottenham’s next game at Wembley will be in the Carabao Cup against Championship side Barnsley, tomorrow night.
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