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Clement on Mauricio, Tom Carroll and tonight's game

Wed 05 April 2017, 10:43|Tottenham Hotspur

Swansea City boss Paul Clement believes Mauricio Pochettino has “done a really good job” here at Spurs as he prepares his side for battle against us at the Liberty Stadium tonight (Wednesday, April 5).

Former PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich assistant manager Clement took the top job with the Swans at the turn of the year following the departure of Bob Bradley, who had been in charge when we beat the South Wales side 5-0 at White Hart Lane in December.

Since then, he's overseen victories against the likes of Liverpool, Southampton, Leicester City and Burnley, with ex-Spur Gylfi Sigurdsson in fine form in support of Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente.

However, the 45-year-old was full of praise for opposite number Mauricio ahead of this evening's clash.

“(Spurs) have been challenging for the last couple of seasons and Mauricio Pochettino has done a really good job,” he said.

“He has a good, young squad who play exciting football. The Chelsea result at the weekend has probably given them belief that they can take the title race right to the end of the season.

“I think it will be an interesting game for us. They will want to win here and we need points too.”

One of Clement's first moves at Swansea was to sign our academy graduate Tom Carroll on a permanent basis after the midfielder enjoyed a loan spell at the Liberty two years ago.

According to the Swans' chief, 24-year-old Tom will relish the chance to take on his boyhood club for the first time tonight.

“He was at Tottenham from the age of eight I think, so I am sure he is really looking forward to the game,” added Clement.

“Tom is a good player. I think Tottenham thought he was a good player – he played a lot of games there. But I think it was the right time for him to come and play more regularly, and he is certainly making good progress here.”