Tottenham Hotspurs have their last shot at silverware this season when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea in the FA Cup on Saturday.
This is on the backdrop of a disappointing Champions League home exit after losing at home to Juventus and being without their services of their most potent weapon. Harry Kane suffered another injury setback and is expected to resume training in April at the very least.
Swansea on one end are struggling to avoid the dreaded relegation dog fight this late in the season while Spurs’ hope for a trophy rests on the shoulders of how they maneuver their FA Cup campaign. Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal has his interpretation of this match up.
“They lose very few games and are very hard to play against. It is David against Goliath. I think we are in a better moment than when we played them in the league. In this moment I think we could say we have a 30 per cent chance compared to maybe 10 per cent as we are progressing.
“They will be favourites, they are out of the Champions League so this is the trophy they can win and they will be favourites. But we are on the pitch to try to win and do our best to explore the weak points they have and to cover the many strong points they have,” he told Sky Sports in the buildup.
Spurs beat Swansea 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium earlier this year and are aiming to reach the last four in two consecutive seasons for the first time since 1981 and 1982. They have an impressive record of 12 wins and three draws in their last 15 meetings across the board against Saturday’s hosts.
On the other hand, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochentino said that their plans this season will not be derailed due to Kane’s absence. Other FA Cup contenders Manchester United will be in action later against Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford. Surprise package Wigan Athletic, who shocked Manchester City in the fifth found, host Southampton on Sunday.