Tottenham Hotspur's best defender against Swansea

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Ben Davies impressed for Tottenham, even though Federico Fazio recorded 'better' statistics.

A late goal from Christian Eriksen saw Tottenham edge Swansea to record a 2-1 win.

Swansea put Spurs under real pressure at the Liberty Stadium, having five more shots on goal, and recording more possession than Mauricio Pochettino's men.

A goal from the prolific Wilfried Bony was all they had to show for it, with each member of the Tottenham defence contributing to the win. Here's a look at how the defenders' performances ranked:

  MatchWon TacklesInterceptionsAerial Duels WonAccurate CrossesShots BlockedAssistsGoalsTotalMins Played
Federico Fazio Swansea vs Tottenham 1 2 5 0 3 0 0 11 90
Ben Davies Swansea vs Tottenham 3 3 2 1 0 1 0 10 90
Kyle Walker Swansea vs Tottenham 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 8 90
Jan Vertonghen Swansea vs Tottenham 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 7 90

Adding up the number of key performance statistics, Fazio recorded the highest total, narrowly ahead of the excellent Ben Davies who provided an assist in the win.

Despite these figures suggesting Fazio was Tottenham's best defender, to actually watch the game and observe his performance suggested otherwise.

The Argentine showed worrying positioning, and often his slow pace was badly exposed. Positively he blocked three shots, more than the rest of the defence put together. 

As an overall performance Ben Davies was the superior player, winning more tackles and interceptions from Fazio, and looking more composed. This is one case where Fazio's power in the air - winning five aerial duels, deceives his shortcomings on the ground.

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