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Tottenham v Swansea – five things we learned

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Tottenham are just two points away from the top of the Premier League after closing the gap on Leicester with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Swansea.

Mauricio Pochettino praised his side’s “stomach” after another win which revealed much about the Lilywhites' progress.

1) Spurs are more persistent than ever. They have already gained a reputation for coming from behind, but Tottenham’s never-say-die attitude was in full swing as they refused to let up against the Swans. 

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Lukasz Fabianski threatened to block their efforts with a superb performance in goal at the ground where he once conceded five as Arsenal goalkeeper, but Spurs were eventually able to convert their plethora of 34 chances into goals.

2) Spurs must not be distracted by other results. It helped that Arsenal were playing Manchester United at the same time, so Spurs could not be distracted by the Gunners’ loss. They did have some pressure to deal with, however, in the knowledge that Leicester had secured an 89th-minute winner against Norwich the day before.

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Tottenham’s continued participation in the Europa League means they will often find themselves playing after their title rivals, and Pochettino must make sure other results do not affect them.

3) Danny Rose and Kyle Walker shone. Spurs have rarely had strong full backs, at least not for a long time. Both were omnipresent on the field, with Rose scoring the winning goal. Both were strong in defence, but also created a lot going forward.

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4) Christian Eriksen is no longer quiet in the big games. For all his talent, the Great Dane has sometimes been criticised for going missing when it matters. However, after scoring the winner against Manchester City two weeks ago and putting in another excellent performance against Swansea, Eriksen has sent out a statement of intent, that he aims to be at the heart of Tottenham’s title challenge.

5) Heung Min-Son and Erik Lamela should be alternated. Son and Lamela both contribute something to the side, but having spent much of the season alternating, the pair looked lost playing together. Son, in particular, did not look comfortable on the ball, and Spurs improved vastly when Nacer Chadli came on.

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