Spurs resisted a late Swansea challenge to secure those vital three points at the Liberty Stadium and end a run of two straight league defeats. Once again, Gareth Bale was instrumental in all the key stages of the victory that leaves us just ahead of Chelsea in third, who have a game in hand – as have Arsenal who sit menacingly in fifth.

After the game, match winner Bale hailed the victory as ‘massive’ in terms of a top four place.

“We’d had a couple defeats in the Premier League and we just wanted to stop that and get our season back on track,” said Gareth on the club’s official website. “We did that and I thought we’d thoroughly deserved the win.

“We showed both sides of our game, not just attacking but defending as well. As I said, it was a great result and that pushes us right back up the table.”

Speaking to Eurosport, Bale also claimed that team unity will see the squad continue to fight on two fronts for the remainder of the season.

“We are a very close group as a team,” he added.”At some places there’s little groups here and little groups there but we have got a great team spirit and we want to take that into the rest of the season

“The main thing for us is that we don’t get carried away. We’re comfortably able to finish fourth in the league and competing for third – we’ve got to take it game by game.”

Gareth also feels that the team is more than capable of going all the way in Europe.

“We can push on in the Europa League as well against Basel. Our away form has been very good – we showed that against Lyon. We want to do as well as we can in both competitions.”

Spurs have two home ties coming up in league and cup and a repeat of the determination shown at Swansea last weekend should be enough for the club to win both.

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