Eriksen brace sends Spurs into FA Cup semis

Ebony Scott
March 18, 2018

Despite the heartache of not making it to the quarter-finals of Europe's elite club competition, Spurs now turn their attentions to the last eight of the FA Cup as they face Swansea in the lunch-time kick off on Saturday.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino clearly does not think that the former Juventus star is good enough to start matches. When you are one of the big clubs, there is pressure to win every game you play. Spurs have continued to improve under his stewardship, but they haven't won a trophy since 2008 and that is a run that they need to end.

The FA Cup is their only chance of ending their trophy drought and after becoming the first team to book their passage into the semis, they will be backing themselves to go all the way.

Angel Rangel, Leroy Fer, Renato Sanches, Leon Britton and Wilfried Bony are all ruled out of the historic encounter on Saturday.

Dele Alli is on the substitutes bench after passing a late fitness test, although Danny Rose failed a fitness test of his own and doesn't make the squad.

"What is important is that everyone is available to play and the team is not affected by the names".

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This is Swansea's first appearance in the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1964 (when they were known as Swansea Town) - they reached the semi-final that year, eliminating Liverpool in the quarter-final.

The South Korean worldwide has emerged as a prominent player under Carlos Carvalhal and he will be important this weekend.

"The competition is different to the Premier League".

Academy graduate Harry Winks is also likely to miss out due to a persistent ankle problem that has hampered his game time throughout the course of the season. "We know there is a gap and that they are better".

Christian Eriksen celebrates netting Spurs' third goal. The signing of Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela's return means where they were susceptible to injuries prior to Christmas, Spurs can now pick a forward line of three or four from anyone of perhaps seven who can be trusted to perform.

It hasn't been an easy route into the semi-final by any stretch of the imagination with two legs needed against League One minnows Rochdale, as well as a struggle against Newport County. We have always been focused on the Premier League.

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