Tottenham Hotspur continued their fine start to the campaign with a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at home.
Roberto Soldado once again stepped up to score the winner from spot, like he did in Spurs’ opening game against Crystal Palace, after Andros Townsend was fouled by Jonjo Shelvey inside the box.
Interestingly, Swansea dominated possession in this match at White Hart Lane, although Tottenham had more shots on target than the visitors. Spurs will be happy with their defensive display and a lot of teams will find it hard to break down this Spurs midfield and defence. But Andre Villas Boas might be concerned about his team’s failure to score goals from open play in the both the games now. Spurs have to be more clinical in front of goal, but it might be just a case of new players taking time to adjust to life in the Premier League and building up the understanding with their new teammates.
Swansea, on the other hand, have had a tough start to their campaign after their opening day hammering at the hands of Manchester United. There next match is against West Brom Albion, and it is will provide them an opportunity to put up the first points of this season on board.
Andre Villas Boas was pleased with the result and praised the team’s winning mentality. He also mentioned the pair of Capoue and Paulinho for their tremendous work in the midfield.
“At the moment, these are excellent signs, signs of a team that is mature and knows what to do to gain the right result.
“You never know what can happen in the future but at the moment we’re showing a winning mentality and that’s helping us to get results. It’s a good start.
“We deserved to win, created lots of chances, were sound defensively and that’s why we had so much of the ball against a team that normally dominates other teams.
“Our shape was tremendous, Capoue protecting and Paulinho’s workrate was immense. I’m really happy with the performance.”
Paulinho put in another impressive display in the Spurs midfield. His energy and work-rate is fueling the midfield and he has seeming formed a wonderful partnership with Dembele and Capoue. Paulinho had a pass success rate of 89% and took seven shots in the match, although only three of those was on target.
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