Date: 2nd January 2018 at 11:22pm
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Swansea City head coach Carlos Carvalhal suggested that his game plan was dictated by the fact that he lacked strikers against Spurs.

Without Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony due to injuries, and Oliver McBurnie ‘not playing 90 minutes very often’, Carvalhal admitted after the 2-0 defeat at home against Spurs that his game plan had to change as a result.

He was forced to adopt a defensive 5-3-2 system, with Dyer and Ayew up top, in front of Sanches, Clucas and Carroll.

Carvalhal told the Official Site that he is hopeful of having Bony, Abraham and Ki bac available in the near future:

“I believe Bony and Abraham will be available soon, along with Ki,”

“These are players we need to have.

“Today we didn`t have a striker to play. You could say to me why didn`t I play with Oliver, but you know he has not played 90 minutes very often.

“That means that probably after 60 or 70 minutes he would have to come off, and then who would I bring on if we need a goal? That`s why we prepared for the game in a different way.”

“I have been very busy so far with the games, but I think I will talk with the chairman soon,” he said.

“I am very happy with the players we have and the commitment they have shown.

“But today for example we didn`t have a right-back because Angel (Rangel) came off injured and Kyle (Naughton) is suspended.

“Also, we didn`t have a striker to play, so we will try to cover these situations.”


Considering the lack of attacking options, the Swans coped pretty well, and showed some potential in the latter stages of the second half. We had two decent chances but the early goal that was clearly offside didn’t help us. Spurs then guaranteed the points late on as we committed more players forward.