After a first half in which they had been lucky to finish level at 0-0, Spurs went 2-0 down within the first 9 minutes of the second half, due mainly to uncharacteristic errors by goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris. After their 4-0 drubbing last week at Goodison Park, it was crucial for Pep Guardiola’s side to impress at home and arguably this was a must-win game for the manager. Guardiola certainly seemed to have out-trumped Mauricio Pochettino tactically, with a very attacking line-up, and Spurs failed to test City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Goals by Dele Alli and substitute Son Heung-min made it 2-2, making it a great comeback for Spurs and a great day bearing in mind Liverpool’s surprise lost at home to Swansea, and Man Utd’s draw at Stoke........
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My memory bank on Spurs goes back, gulp, 65 years to the Push and Run championship season of 1950-51. During Saturday’s first-half against West Brom I can honestly say there have been few times when I have felt so excited by the potential of a Tottenham team.
I am living in the past at the moment as I write my book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Tottenham’s victory in the ‘Cockney Cup final ‘ at Wembley in 1967, but it was special to return to the present to watch the destruction of a Tony Pulis team that usually proves to be a pain in the grass.
‘Big Daddy’ Harry Kane, of course, stole the headlines with his hat-trick, but the beauty of Pochettino’s Pups is that they are barking up the right tree in every department.........
Harry Kane scored his first hat-trick since October 2015 at Bournemouth and his third Premier League triple to cap a special personal week for him after the birth of his daughter last week-end. With Chelsea's Diego Costa in dispute and absent from today's game at Leicester, Harry has reached thirteen Premier League goals for the season thus stating his credentials for the Golden Boot this season.
Harry's goals plus an own goal by West Brom centre-half Gareth McAuley gave Spurs the 4-0 victory which was the least they deserved after some of the most scintillating football they have played this season, particularly in the first half. The win took Spurs to second place,where they will certainly stay until Liverpool's game at Old Trafford, and I suspect into next week, as I doubt Jurgen Klopp's team will grab all three points tomorrow.
Thus, Harry has re-stated his goal-scoring prowess (if that needed re-stating) and Spurs have certainly asserted their status as Premier League title challengers........
This was another good draw against one of the better sides in the league that shows that Spurs are in a false position at the bottom of the table. They did move up a place with this point and play Southampton next at Stevenage. In an open game they matched the home side with skill and effort and deserved the draw.......
A new website has launched giving fans the first look at the stadium that is set to replace White Hart Lane in a couple of season’s time. The new site promises to welcome fans to a “world class sports and entertainment destination” by the start of the 2018-19 season. An animated video shows every one of the 61,000 seats across nine floors filled with excited Spurs fans in a stunning new state of the art complex.
Club Chairman Daniel Levy has told the website "Our stunning new stadium design and wider scheme will deliver an unrivalled fan experience and significant community benefits – creating a world class sports and entertainment destination for all - and in our birthplace of Tottenham. It will be our new home for generations to come and we want it to be exceptional."......
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino certainly took the opportunity to "manage the minutes" of his squad against Championship side Aston Villa, making 9 changes from the starting line-up against Chelsea in mid-week in this Third Round FA Cup tie. The trouble was that until he started using his substitutes, starting with Dele Alli for the ineffective Janssen after an hour, neither side had hardly had a shot on goal in what must have been poor fare for the BBC viewing public.
I could be wrong, but the fact that a massive ironic cheer was given in the first minute of the second half when Janssen had what was possibly the first shot on target by either side said everything about the first half in which many of the Spurs side under-performed and when there had been little to excite the crowd.........
Two great headed goals by Dele Alli (both set up by Christian Eriksen) gave Spurs a crucial win against Premier League leaders Chelsea. This Spurs win brought an end to Antonio Conte's 13 match winning run, thus ending their hopes of beating Arsenal's record of 14 successive Premier League wins (achieved over two seasons in 2002). It was also the first time that Chelsea have failed to score since they lost 3-0 at The Emirates Stadium as long ago as September.
This win lifted Spurs back up to third place, where they will now stay for at least 10 days, as this week-end is FA Cup time...........
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