No sign of them here.
The JimmyG2 Column.
.We made the journey down to South Wales under tricky weather and road conditions only to find on arrival that Swansea hadn't bothered to turn up. They made only fleeting appearances for a few minutes at the start of each half.
Eriksen and Lamela quickly took stock of the situation and decided to finish it off early but FA rules insist that the whole 90 minutes must be completed even when only one team is playing.
With no Lloris, Dele, Wanyama, Dembele, Kane or Alderweireld, who was on the bench, in the starting eleven and everybody's favourite scapegoat Sissoko in full kit at kick off you might say we offered them a sporting chance.
But they have relegation fish to fry and declined the offer. Clamors for our strongest eleven to demonstrate our intention to 'win something' this year other than hearts and minds were ignored by Mauricio and the naysayers were offered a hostage to fortune.
In the event his tactical assessment was confirmed, Alderweireld was ignored and Sissoko played well enough to frustrate his critics. Some made him MOM but that was extending charity a step too far.
His strength was showcased and his technical limitations obscured. He saw plenty of the ball and took up some good positions. His best performance by some way for Spurs and Mauricio's continuing trust was duly repaid.
However Eriksen stole the show, running the game and scoring two fine goals aided and abetted by Lamela who fired home with his other foot from the edge of the area and also assisted Eriksen's opener.
Chelsea missed more than trick when they had Christian on trial in his teens and decided he was not for them. More like the contents of the Magic Circle store cupboard than a trick but we're not complaining.
(As reported in The Guardian. Like us they are not always wrong)
Jan marshaled the back line with his customary solidity, and the rest of the defence were sound if uninspiring. In the event sound was all they had to be. Sanchez had a couple of iffy moments but a decent all round team performance.
Dier could have been on the score-sheet twice and Vorm made an excellent and important double save when the tie was still in the balance. Moura was lively but a little head down and he's probably better on the right.
So on to the semi's against Manchester United. We have been allocated the away dressing room as they came out of the hat first which clearly negates the home advantage protests. Whatever happened to the Wembley hoodoo.
In fact this is most unfair on the boys to be allocated the away dressing room on their own home ground on a technicality and should we lose this would be grounds for lodging an objection. But we won't so no harm done.
Our 'Musings' on the spot reporter informs us that the away dressing room does not have named, individually wrapped soap and the communal bath is only supplied with giant bottles of shampoo and conditioner to share.
This is certainly not enough to distract a fully focused, more balanced, deeper squad. Step away from the Jumbo Shower Gel Dispenser Dele, your gonna hurt someone with that.
Toby was on the bench but didn't play. Some took this as a good sign; others as a bad one. He has the possibility of a couple of games for Belgium during the break so there was no need to to risk him.
Conspiracy theorists think that this was a form of humiliation by Mauricio and shows that he is leaving us in the Summer. Probably the same ones that concluded that Rose was off in January.
Seemed to me like a good sign of increasing fitness. The attractions of playing for Spurs may not include silly money but the prospects of playing for a club on the rise with a stable management cannot be over-emphasised.
United and Chelsea are both unsettled clubs at the moment and likely to lose key players and their managers at the end of the season. Stick with us Toby you know it makes sense or go abroad and we'll get the silly money to re-invest.
Jimmy's Video spot.
'Lest we forget'. Several minutes of quality. Skill, vision, anticipation and staying on your feet.
'Ultimate' is a stretch but he is pretty damn good.
I hope he stays if only to assist the development of Sanchez, Foyth, and Cameron Carter-Vickers who could return to the squad for next season after a loan spell at Ipswich.
But he is 29 and we still have Jan. My preference is to keep him if possible.
Contract talks seem to have stalled but with all that extra Stadium and TV income there must be some flexibility in the system Shirley.