Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Swansea City

Tottenham were frustrated by a disciplined Swansea as they lost ground on their title rivals.

Spurs, who beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at Wembley on Wednesday, are yet to win a Premier League game in their temporary home.

The hosts enjoyed 75% possession in the goalless draw and managed 26 shots, compared to Swansea’s four, with the visitors playing with three centre-backs for much of the game.

It is the first time in 30 home league games that Spurs have failed to score.

The best chance fell to England striker Harry Kane in the 58th minute as he scooped his shot onto the crossbar from close range.

Seven minutes later Kane also saw a header tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski, while the Swans did not register a shot on target in the game.

Serge Aurier and Fernando Llorente came on as second-half substitutes to make their league debuts for Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are now five points behind leaders Manchester City in fifth, while Swansea are up to 14th.

Stubborn Swansea

Defence v attack: the average positions of Tottenham (left) and Swansea (right)

Swansea’s point was built on their defence that withstood attack after attack from Spurs.

Almost 40% of the game was played in the Swans’ penalty area but the centre-back combination of Alfie Mawson, Federico Fernandez and Mike van der Hoorn frustrated the hosts.

Spurs had eight shots on target, with Son Heung-min and a first-half Kane free-kick also well saved by Fabianski, who made eight crucial stops.

While Swans’ manager Paul Clement will be delighted with how his team defended, their attack struggled to make an impact.

Renato Sanches and Tammy Abraham had little to work with and neither got a touch in the Spurs’ box.

The visitors had only five touches in their opponents’ penalty area in the entire game.

More to follow.

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