Tottenham Hotspur aim to show squad depth at Swansea City in the FA Cup quarter-finals
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Harry Kane will be absent for Spurs this weekend, but the hosts will be without Jordan Ayew due to suspension
Spurs will look to take a big step towards winning silverware this season when they visit Swansea City in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The 12.15pm kick-off is the first last-eight clash of the competition and so Mauricio Pochettino’s men will hope to book their spot in the semi-finals before the three other ties are played this weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur were at the Liberty Stadium two-and-a-half months ago, but they faced a very different Swansea team.
Carlos Carvalhal had only just taken over the Swans when Spurs won 2-0 in South Wales on a cold and wet night on January 2.
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The ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss has improved the strugglers a great deal since and they have moved up to 14th in the Premier League table now and four points above the bottom three.
It is an impressive turnaround from a club which looked doomed on Boxing Day when they lost 5-0 at Liverpool and were bottom on 13 points from 20 league fixtures.
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Carvalhal has helped City win 17 points from 10 games since and so they will be full of confidence on Saturday and Tottenham look set to be without Harry Kane.
The England forward injured his ankle during the first half of Sunday’s 4-1 league win at AFC Bournemouth and he is set for a spell on the sidelines as a result.
In his absence, Spurs managed to cope excellently as Dele Alli equalised and Heung-min Son then netted a brace as a formation switch to 4-3-3 paid real dividends.
A similar tactic will probably be used at the Liberty Stadium and Tottenham will be relying on the likes of Alli and Son to help them secure a semi-final berth.
The creativity of playmaker Christian Eriksen in a deeper role on Sunday was also key and he is going to be crucial to any success Spurs achieve on Saturday.
Hugo Lloris praised the depth of the Lilywhites squad after the victory and this weekend is another opportunity to show it.
“Obviously the manager has to pick the starting XI and then you have a bench and some players are out of the bench,” said Spurs’ captain when talking about the mood in the camp.
“It’s not easy to make this choice, but the spirit is fantastic because we’re all pushing in the same way. The best answer is when Erik Lamela came on and Kieran Trippier. It was very important and gave a lot of energy to the team. That’s why we’re in this position.”