While Emmanuel Adebayor takes the headlines for Tottenham’s win at Swansea City, Christian Eriksen put in one of his best performances of the season for Spurs against a team that like to dominate in midfield areas.
Eriksen showed great levels of maturity and composure in Tottenham’s midfield, which allowed him to control the pace and flow of the play as Tottenham secured a vital three points in their quest for a top four place. So how did he setup the win?
Eriksen’s assist shows that he’s making the right decisions in the final third. If there’s a player in a better position then he’ll set him up rather than going for glory.
He read the game well and made two interceptions, which allowed Spurs to keep pressure on Swansea. Five players made more interceptions than Eriksen for spurs but four of them were defenders.
Eriksen made 42 accurate passes for Spurs during the game, which shows he was not wasteful when in possession. Again, there were players in front of him with more accurate passes but two of the four were Kyle Walker and Vlad Chiriches, defenders which will include simple passes across the back four and balls back to Hugo Lloris.
Final Third Passes
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Only Adebayor made more passes than Eriksen in the final third of the pitch. This shows he was getting forward well, moving in effectively from the left hand side and was key to Tottenham’s attacking play in the final third.
Other than Danny Rose and Kyle Walker, again defenders, no Tottenham player had more touches in possession during the game. This shows initiative on the part of the entire Tottenham team that Eriksen was playing well, as they got the ball to him as quickly as possible all over the pitch, looking to him to make something happen.
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