Tottenham Hotspur edge past Swansea City in wet Wales


Tottenham will be determined to keep in touch with top four rivals Arsenal and Liverpool with a win against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

And Pochettino insists his side won't be a serious force until they leave Wembley and are fully settled into their new home next season.

The rest of the opening 45 was tough for both sides with the rain lashing down at the Liberty Stadium, but Spurs almost made it 2-0 just before the break.

"That will change completely the atmosphere and of course the vision from the people, from the players will be different".

A lot hinges on whether or not Harry Kane will start this game, but even if he doesn't Tottenham should have enough to ease past this struggling Swansea side.

And two more glorious opportunities went their way shortly after - Ayew thwarted at the last second by Wanyama after evading challenges from Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris, before Van der Hoorn hit the post with a header from the resulting corner.

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"With a solid structure we are going to be real contenders - and we must be real contenders".

Perhaps lost to the shadows in this way is Son Heung-Min, Asia's best player and Spurs' second highest scorer with 9 goals in all competitions (to Kane's 24).

"He is so important for us", Pochettino said of Son. It's like a player that is next to Messi or Ronaldo who deserves a lot of credit.

Pochettino likened Son to a teammate of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo and said the South Korean would get more recognition if he was not playing next to a superstar in Harry Kane.

In fact, his play has made it so that it's been hard to keep him out of the starting lineup. "All of his team-mates love him not only because of his performances but also because of how he is as a man".

Pochettino added: "That is what we think".