Llorente and Aurier’s fun and games
The Tottenham substitutes were taking part in a pre-match piggy in the middle session, or a rondo for those less predisposed to schoolyard terminology.
Fernando Llorente was in the middle on his own and managed to stop Serge Aurier’s pass. As the two crossed paths to swap, something must have been said between them and they suddenly creased up with laughter and hugged.
The mood may not have been as jovial after the match, but at least the new Spurs signings appear to be settling in well.
The Hugo Lloris raffle
Who had five minutes? Come on up and collect your prize. It now appears that, without fail, Spurs’ goalkeeper and captain will miss-kick a clearance straight to the feet of an opposition player in the Tottenham half in every match. You can almost set your watch to it.
Lloris tends to get them out of the way early in the game and Saturday’s one came after just five minutes, but as has been the case so far this season for the fortunate Frenchman, the return shot did not trouble him.
Dele Alli’s performance was low on highlights, but he did manage one of his trademark nutmegs.
The victim was Sam Clucas after just eight minutes. Alli was brought to the ground moments later, a common theme in the game, but not before dishing out the ultimate footballing humilation.
The big cheer for Spurs’ first substitution
The cheer and applause that rolled around Wembley when the board went up for Spurs’ first substitution could have been interpreted in a number of ways.
It could have been the 65,000 fans showing their excitement that Serge Aurier was coming on (likely), it might have been them showing their excitement that Moussa Sissoko was going off (also likely) or it might have been them showing their appreciation for Sissoko’s efforts (incredibly unlikely).
Whatever the reason it was probably the noisiest the crowd were until the final whistle.
The final whistle brought another loud noise – booing from three corners of the ground. Spurs may not have lost but to the fans it felt like they had with more dropped points at home.
The Swansea fans waited patiently until the boos had subsided and then they started their cheering. They may not have won either, but the reactions from both sets of fans were poles apart.