Tottenham took apart Bournemouth in the lunchtime kick off and extended the gap between themselves and the fighters for the top four and Champions League football next season, as well as more importantly closing the distance between themselves and the league leaders Chelsea to four points, before the West Londoners take on Manchester United at Old Trafford tomorrow.
Harry Kane returned to start for the first time since his injury vs Millwall in the FA Cup and Kyle Walker was back in for Kieran Trippier after his customary MOTM performance vs Watford, other than that it was same team that dismantled the Hornets last Saturday.
Spurs eased themselves in to the match in typical fashion, retaining the ball well in deep midfield with Eriksen, Dier and Dembélé all picking out Walker and Dele frequently, but they were unable to find Kane and Son in the 18 yard box to create any clear cut chances in the first 15 minutes.
Then in the 16th minute, after a controversial decision from referee Michael Oliver to award a corner to Spurs, which ultimately proved to be correct, Eriksen swung in the corner which was flicked on at the near post by Alderweireld before Mousa Dembélé controlled well off his thigh before flashing a half volley past Arter Boruc from close range, his first goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Jack Wilshere gave the ball away in his own half, it ricocheted off Dier in to Kane with his back to goal, what followed was a sumptuous flick around the corner which Hueng-Min Son latched on to, an inch perfect touch past Cook, blistering pace to get past him an a firm, low finish under the keeper made it 2-0 after only 20 minutes.
Early in the second half Dele Alli chipped a ball in to Kane with his back to goal, who used a fine bit of strength and agility to move himself away from Francis, before smacking the ball in to the bottom right corner with his left foot from 12 yards, which essentially sealed the points.
Then, a sad and upsetting moment for all inside White Hart Lane, Harry Kane broke away and looked to curl the ball in to the far corner, Jack Wilshere managed to block the shot and Kane accidentally caught Wilshere’s ankle, which meant Wilshere was unable to continue and had to leave with the ankle injury he is so synonymous with. Shame. I was gutted. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke, wishing him a really speedy recovery… ish.
Spurs controlled the game until late on, and despite a late strike from ex-spur Charlie Daniels which Hugo caught comfortably, Spurs managed to grab one more in the 92nd minute. A cross from Eriksen found Janssen, who’s initial left footed shot was going wide, was blocked back in to his path, and he placed a right footed drive in to the back of the net for his first goal from open play in the Premier League, much to the relief of the crowd, the manager and I’m sure, himself.
Yet another excellent home performance from Spurs resulting in yet another very convincing victory, which will fill them with confidence, especially if Man United can take something off Chelsea tomorrow.
Hugo Lloris: 6.5/10
Kyle Walker: 7.5/10
Toby Alderweireld: 7/10
Jan Vertonghen: 7.5/10
Ben Davies: 7/10
Eric Dier: 7.5/10
Mousa Dembele: 8.5/10
Christian Eriksen: 8/10
Hueng-Min Son: 8/10
Dele Alli: 7.5/10
Harry Kane: 8/10
Victor Wanyama: 6.5/10
Vincent Janssen: 7/10
Moussa Sissoko: 2/10 (IT’S SISSOKO)
MOTM: Mousa Dembélé
The sort of commanding midfield domination we’re accustomed to seeing nowadays from our Belgian midfield general, capped off with a goal, which is what we need to see more of from him with all of his ability. Looked to be a goalscoring threat as well as a creator and box to box midfielder. Fantastic performance yet again.
The big one. Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup Semi Final. Saturday 22nd April. Kick off 17:15.