Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Swansea City
Premier League, White Hart Lane, December 3, 2016
Goals: Kane 39′ (pen), 49′, Son 45′, Eriksen 70′, 92′
Tottenham completed an easy 5-0 demolition of a Swansea City side devoid of ideas at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
With both Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane chipping in with braces and Heung-Min Son scoring a stunning volley, Spurs were in control for the vast majority of the match.
The Welsh visitors offered very little resistance, frequently losing possession and allowing the home team to control proceedings for long periods. Dele Alli started the procession after he won a dubious penalty – there was contact but it was minimal compared to his reaction from Kyle Naughton’s challenge. However, a goal was coming as it was hard to deny that given the one-way traffic until that point that a breakthrough wasn’t imminent. Kane smashed in the penalty with power, as is his usual way, giving goalkeeper Fabianski no chance to save it.
The 20 year old Alli looks to be hitting his best form of the campaign, as does Christian Eriksen who has noticeably upped his game following some disappointing, sub-par performances. With Harry Kane back and firing, this is what Tottenham Hotspur need if they are going to be able to keep up with this season’s title race pacesetters.
After the Chelsea result a week before, Tottenham certainly were in desperate need of a morale-boosting performance. This would have pleased manager Pochettino, particularly as his team had only won 10% of all matches in all competitions in their last 10 outings. He won’t be getting too cocky, though, as the Swans were poor. Swansea only had one shot on goal in the entire match whilst Tottenham managed 28 of which 15 were on target. Swansea were so woeful that they didn’t even win a solitary corner in the game or a shot on target.
Next up for Tottenham it’s a difficult away trip to Manchester United, who they lead by six points at this stage. It could be a season-defining match for both teams, with United the bookmaker favourites. If United do end up with a win, they might just take Tottenham out of the title race for 2016/17 in the process.
Referee: Jon Moss