Spurs book place in FA Cup semi-finals after swatting Swansea aside
Goals from Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela secure victory in convincing display from north Londoners in south Wales
17 March, 2018 — By Dan Carrier
FA Cup Sixth Round
SPURS 3 (Eriksen 11, 62, Lamela 45)
SPURS booked themselves an FA Cup semi-final date in April at their temporary home of Wembley after swatting aside Swansea.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men cruised into the last four with a hugely impressive 3-0 win and their progress looked certain from the start.
Speaking after the match, manager Pochettino – who made seven changes from his side’s league win at Bournemouth last weekend – said: “It was a very good performance. I’m very happy and very pleased. Now, Wembley for the semi-final.
“We fully deserved the victory. Of course, when you score early it makes it easy to control the game and we are in the semi-final because we deserve it.”
And he praised his squad’s depth, adding: “If you watch the last three games we won with a different starting 11 – and did today, too. What is important is that everyone is available to play and the team is not affected by the names. We keep the same way, the same dynamic and that is so important.”
It took just 11 minutes for Christian Eriksen to open the scoring, on the back of some good Spurs pressure. He picked the ball up from Erik Lamela, the Swansea defence looked incapable of getting close to him and he had the time to pick out the top corner. The impressive Heung-Min Son, leading the line in Harry Kane’s absence, thought he had doubled the margin on 21 minutes when he streaked clear and finished well, only for the video assistant referee to rule he was a fraction off side.
Spurs continued to dominate possession and, with Lucas Moura offering pace and trickery on the right, Lamela zipping about with purpose and Eriksen pulling strings, every time they went forward Spurs looked like they had real intent about them.
The second goal came on the stroke of half-time, and it showed that Lamela is back to his best after his long lay-off and gradual re-introduction into the side.
Attacking the box centrally, he shimmied one way and then other, rolled his foot over the ball and sold dummies as he got closer and closer. Coming on to his weaker right foot the Argentine forward stroked his finish home.
After a brief rally at the start of the second period, where Michel Vorm was asked to save from Tammy Abrahams, Spurs had little to do defensively and the “oles” started early as they swished passes about. The third came on 62 minutes, again through the wizardry of Moura and the guile Eriksen. The Brazilian winger ran into a wall of Swans shirts in the penalty box but they couldn’t take the ball from his toes. He pulled the his pass back and Eriksen drove home.
So Spurs are heading to an FA Cup semi-final for the second time in two years, with the matches due to be played on the 21st and 22nd of April. They have lost seven of their last appearances in semi-finals in a row – an unenviable record, dating back to 1993. Despite Pochettino’s continual claim that the old pot isn’t too high on his to-do list, excitement is building among fans and, after today’s performance, it seems the players are rather keen on the idea of putting an end to that horrible run, too.
Swansea: Nordfeldt, Naughton (Narsingh, 45), ven der Hoorn (Roberts, 81) Bartley, Mawson, Olsson, Dyer (Routledge, 86), Sung-Yueng, Carroll, Clucas, Abraham.
Subs not used: Britton, Mulder, Fernandez, Byers.
Spurs: Vorm, Trippier,sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Sissoko, Lamela (Dele, 81) Eriksen, Lucas (Llorente, 73), Son.
Subs not used: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Dembele.