Date: 15th September 2017 at 1:27pm
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The Llorente and Clement Reunion and?..Hello Wembley! There`s no place like home!

It took Harry Kane 169 games to score 100 goals for Spurs; 12 games fewer than Thierry Henry took to score 100 for Arsenal (181). After Dortmund, Kane rightly takes the headlines, but the win against Everton and Dortmund was a team performance, and it was Eriksen at his creative best at Goodison with a killer goal to top his performance off. Eriksen has grown under Poch and has become Spurs main creator. Eriksen created 16 goals in 2015/16, and 23, in 2016/17. He is well on the way to beating that this season – with four assists in just five games so far! To put Eriksen in perspective, the 20 assists he has provided in the 2017 calendar year so far make him the best playmaker across all the top European leagues. His closest rival to the crown of assist king in English football is Kevin De Brune of Man City with 12 goals this year. Eriksen is now the joint-highest scoring Dane in Premier League history, with 32 goals (level with Nicklas Bendtner).

Davinson Sanchez looks like the real deal and Poch may now have the best back 3 in the Prem. Poch played a midfield diamond last Saturday which negated the Everton threat and whilst Sissoko still can`t finish his position in that diamond meant he was more effective. He seems to suit a more central attacking role which is good as I can see Poch rotating Sissoko and Dembele more as the season progresses. Dier sitting in front of the back three and Alli, Eriksen and Sissoko all rotating, with one always furthest forward behind Kane, worked a treat. Wanyama may have to fight for his place with Dier now Sanchez looks like he has won the right to be part of a back three leaving Dier with no CB role to fill. We have now won 4 successive away games in the Premier League for the first time since January 2014 (five in a row). Everton are winless in their past 10 Premier League games against Spurs (D5 L5). We have now taken more points off Everton than any other Premiership team.

The Swans haven`t beaten us at home since their League Cup Victory in 1978 although they came close in 2016 at the Lane and it took a Rose and Chadli goal to win the match. In 2015 we had a 3-2 thriller at the Lane. Spurs have won 10 of their last 11 meetings with Swansea, scoring at least two goals in the last seven of those. In fact, Swansea have never beaten Spurs in 12 Premier League encounters. We, however, have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 11-successive matches at Wembley when last season we had 17 clean sheets. Swansea have no talisman Siggurdson in the side anymore and Llorente is now with us! So it`s down to the returning Wilfried Bony to lead the line. After seeing the Swans display against Newcastle you have to say they are looking like relegation candidates yet again. Their only success this season was against an even poorer Palace. They were hammered by United in August and fought out a lacklustre draw against Southampton who still haven`t hit form yet. It is more than a year since Swansea City’s American takeover, and the jury remains out on the effect it has had on the club. Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien have had a rough first season which almost ended in relegation for the Swans last year. Kaplan and Levien admit to making mistakes and they are now on their third manager, Paul Clement, since they took over, which is never a good sign. Instead of investing more money on transfers Kaplan and Levien want to focus on expanding the Swans’ scouting network and make the club self-sufficient, able to generate its own revenue streams to spend on the squad accordingly. Which means???.they will be relegation candidates again this year!

Paul Clement was not impressed with his side last weekend. The Swans have now lost their opening two home league games of the season for the first time since 1985. Clement said “Very frustrating. I’m finding it difficult to understand why I saw what I saw. I’m very disappointed with the way that we played,’ said Clement. ‘Although the margin of defeat is very small, ultimately decided by a set-play, for me the difference in the two teams in the performance was much greater than that. I thought they were better than us. ‘ Swansea lacked creativity in attack and managed only a couple of chances, the best of which saw Tammy Abraham round goalkeeper Rob Elliot before seeing his shot blocked on the line by Lascelles. Clement gave their new Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches, who is on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich, a start. He comes with a big reputation and high expectations. However, the 20-year-old failed to make much of an impression as his occasional show of flair was undermined by wayward passing, with the stats showing he was dispossessed 23 times in the match. Swansea are without injured trio Ki Sung-yueng, Nathan Dyer and Kyle Bartley, who has been ruled out for the next three months. Both Leon Britton and Wilfried Bony are pushing for starting positions but both might end up as substitutes on Saturday.
Clement will have seen the Spurs performance against Dortmund and will have to ask his players to produce something special. One thing about winning is it builds confidence with 6 goals in two games we`ll be hungry for more. Expectations will now be on Spurs to go on a run this month to knock over the likes of Swansea, Barnsley, West Ham, Nicosia and Huddersfield Town. Contrast that with our October fixtures! We are going to have to be on top of our game because October could almost be described as a season defining month for us. We go from Bournemouth at Home to Real Madrid away! Liverpool Home to United away to Real Madrid at Home all in the space of 17 days!

Poch now has a selection headache; Wanyama should be fit, does Poch go for Trippier or Aurier for this one? Aurier has the speed of Walker and the madness of Assou Ekotto! Moussa tired visibly against Dortmund so does he go for the Sissoko, Dier, Alli ,Kane diamond? Will Llorente get 20 minutes?

How good is it to have so many selection problems at last?


64 Replies to “VS Preview: Spurs v Swansea”

  • On paper should be a straight forward “home” win. We will see whether there is any hang over from the CL game v Dortmund, and whether we have truly overcome the “Wembley effect”. All things being equal we should have too much for them going forward with Kane, Eriksen, and Ali now back to last season form, and our defensive performances are very encouraging. I would agree with the 3-0 prediction, and I sincerely hope we are not crying in our beer afterwards. If Son is the one to miss out for Ali’s return, it will be unfortunate after that amazing strike in the CL, but obviously Ali’s return is simply a must.

  • If Poch picks Llorente for the final 20 minutes or so (giving Harry a rest), he will need some great crosses in from Trip & Davies to get his season going. Hope Sissoko plays & puts one in the back of the net, a goal would be a massive boost for his confidence and for us fans. Really enjoyed watching OUR team play over the last couple of seasons. COYS big win tomorrow at HOME.

  • I would like to see most of the same team that beat Dortmund. Alli back and I would be tempted to bring Winks for Dembele. I don’t think we need two defensive midfielders v the Swans. I’d start with Aurier and introduce Tripp and Lloriente at about the 75 mins mark, depending on the score.

  • So many options now …. we need more letters in the alphabet for all the ‘plans’ MP has. I agree with ‘Can’ …. Sissoko just needs a goal. Be nice if it happens in this one.

  • Definitely Trippier for Aurier, Alli for Son, Sissoko for Dembele, the rest pick themselves. We can rest a significant amount of the team for the game against Barnsley and play a couple youngsters and the rest of the squad. I would like to agree with Frank, we should have too much for them, just keep our focus and not look ahead. One game at a time. COYS!!!

  • I just think it is far too early in the season to talk about resting players, they need to build the momentum together, especially at Wembley. Aurier and Sanchez have not had a pre-season, so they should continue imo. Barnsley represents a perfect game to rotate. I am sure had it been v Burnley tomorrow, folks would’ve suggested resting players….we know what happened there even with our ‘A’ team. The players that need rest so early in the season are those that are carrying/nursing niggling injuries.

  • Don’t care if we win ugly today, let Swans have the ball like Dortmund in CL. Poch knows its all about results now, 3pts today is a must to smash this Wembley myth the media love to spout…

  • I also thought Aurier “madness” reminded me of Benny… He seemed to be not quite as fast as walker when in 1st half he was on the side where my seat is in tier 1 halfway line. But as he and sanchez will adapt to PL over next 10 games we will see better from them. Swansea are there to be beaten, on our current form…Llorente to score. spurs win 2-0 or more… COYS

  • Block D, I get the impression that Poch is adding real steel to our squad. I think our (young) squad had been too soft. Aurier is a beast as is Wanyama and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Aurier pick up a few cards this season. Man, he not charged in to some duels v Dortmund and very surprised he didn’t get carded as the player (on at least two occasions) ended up in a heap! ….. and yet Verts got 2nd yellow for what was a trailing arm contact.

  • Absolutely no way we let Swansea have the ball. This is back to normal, lots of possession but faster movement and lots of Spurs goals. We are a much better team than them, lots more quality. Not sure what their managers philosophy is but I suspect like most lesser teams against us, he will park the buss. We will need to have quick movement and some direct running. That’s one reason I think we will see Sissoko given another run. Leave the Ranieri style “soak up the pressure and counter attack” for Real Madrid.

  • Looking at Crystal Palace v Southampton. Looks quite rainy in London. That may make a difference in how we play and who plays. After the Dortmund game I just want an easy win 3-0 or more will be acceptable. I don’t think I can handle the pressure of a close game or the disappointment of a poor result.

  • Well that was a pretty flat first half. Too slow in going forward, don’t look like we are playing the Diamond formation. Looks like we have Sissoko on the right, Son playing LWB. I don’t like it and I hope Poch changes it up right at the half. We are to slow in build up and no one running at the defense in the middle to create some confusion. Back to going left to right and back again. I would take Son off and bring in Ben Davies if he’s on the bench. 45 minutes to get some goals. I thought we would be 2-0 up by now.

  • Here we go again, beat Dortmund 3-1, then back to slow slow quick quick slow, backwards and sideways with little or no goal threat. To fail to win this would be a disgrace really, against these.

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