Tottenham's Hugo Lloris: Fernando Llorente shows fantastic spirit
SWANSEA, Wales -- Hugo Lloris hailed Fernando Llorente's impact after he scored his first Premier League goal for Tottenham in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Swansea.
Lloris was particularly pleased that Spurs scored from a set-piece for the second game running when Llorente headed home Christian Eriksen's free kick after 12 minutes -- albeit from an offside position.
Harry Kane, who was only fit enough for the bench after a heavy cold, had opened the scoring from Eriksen's free kick in the 5-2 win over Southampton on Boxing Day and he came off the bench to set-up Dele Alli's 89th-minute second goal with an exquisite pass.
"First of all, in terms of spirit he's fantastic," Lloris said of Llorente, who was starting his first league game for Spurs against his former club. "He's always positive and always ready to work hard, to help the team.
"It's true that it's not easy to be behind Harry Kane but today he made a very good performance. He was very useful with his back to the goal and in the way he played -- with one and two touches.
"With his ability he makes the movement around him easier for offensive players, and he deserved this goal because he's important for the team."
The Tottenham captain added: "We can even be more pleased because we scored from a set piece again.
"We know the importance. We must score more goals from set pieces because we have the quality for the delivery and we have the size in the box too, with tall players.
"Then it's true that 1-0 up, we should have scored a second goal because we had a few chances, and they let us play in the way we wanted, and we should have been a bit more killer. But there's nothing to regret because we won."
The two teams had to contend with torrential rain, heavy winds and a saturated pitch, particularly in the first half, and Lloris said visibility was difficult in South Wales.
"To be honest in the first half it was difficult for me to see the ball in the opposite half," he said.
"But in that kind of context you just need to be positive, to stay positive, to keep it with a smile and then we are very pleased, especially for the fans who travelled, who were in the stand in those conditions."
Jan Vertonghen, the Spurs centre-back, admitted it was impossible to play Spurs' usual brand of passing football, adding: "It was a little bit like the semifinal of the League Cup against Sheffield United [in 2015].
"It reminded me a bit of that. It's been a while since [the weather] has been like this but it's the same amount of points -- you need to win them. I don't think you can play pretty in these conditions but we got the job done."
Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.