Result: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Date: 13 December 2020
Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to maintain their winning start to 2021 when they face Fulham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday evening Crystal Palace's contract crisis as Roy Hodgson has decisions to make on 14 players. Date: 05 January 2021 Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the final of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory over Brentford at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night. Tottenham went 3-0 up early in the second half as Tanguy Ndombele’s effort after a quick free kick was pushed wide for a corner, and from that corner Alderweireld made it 3-0 with a header that.
Venue: Selhurst Park
Tottenham Hotspur missed an opportunity to give themselves more breathing space at the top of the Premier League standings after being held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Tottenham started the game on the front foot and had a number of chances only to be denied by some brilliance from Vicente Guaita, who made a string of top quality saves to keep the Eagles in the game.
Serge Aurier’s low cross was deflected on its way through and reached an unmarked Tanguy Ndombele on the penalty spot, but his first-time effort was parried by a fantastic one-handed stop by the Crystal Palace goalkeeper.
And then a corner-kick was taken right to Harry Kane, who beat Jeffrey Schlupp on the jump and made a great contact with his header but the goalkeeper was equal to it as he palmed it away.
But in the 23rd minute, Spurs would not be denied as they took a deserved lead. Son Heung-Min was allowed to make a vertical run through midfield before laying it off to Kane well outside the penalty area. The Tottenham striker winded up and cracked a shot which swerved and deceived the goalkeeper.
Shortly before the interval Ebe Eze shifted his weight inside the penalty area to open a bit of room ahead of Toby Alderweireld, but his curling effort to the far post smacked off the post and rolled out.
After taking the lead, Spurs had opted to sit back instead of going for the killer blow and it came back to cost them as Roy Hodgson's men equalised in the 81st minute. Eze whipped a curling free-kick into the penalty area from the left corner of the penalty area, beating the first man and dipping down in front of Hugo Lloris with real venom. The goalkeeper could only chest it down awkwardly for the incoming Schlupp, who bundled it over for a dramatic leveller.
Tottenham – Leeds was a strange game as Spurs were clinical and Leeds were not, and that is why the hosts ran out comfortable winners.
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After plenty of pressure from Leeds throughout, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son finished chances in the first half, then Toby Alderweireld finished the game off early in the second half.
Spurs’ Matt Doherty was sent off in stoppage time as he received a a second yellow card.
With the win Tottenham moved to 29 points and momentarily to third place, while Leeds remain on 23 points.
1. Kane, Son partnership will smash records: They have equaled the PL’s single-season record (13) for linking up for goals and they have only played 16 of the 38 games this season. That is amazing. Kane found Son with a perfect ball, and Son’s run was perfect. The telepathy is exceptional and Kane and Son will go down as one of the great partnerships in Premier League history. The way they’ve combined over the last 12 months has been mind-boggling.
2. Leeds’ giveaways caused own problems: They had so many good chances and were a real threat, especially early on, but they were their own worst enemies. Marcelo Bielsa fell over in his famous crouching position when they went 3-0 down following yet another set piece goal they conceded. He wouldn’t have been surprised because he keeps asking his Leeds players to play the same way, no matter what, and although they brush aside teams lower down the table, they will come unstuck against the more intelligent PL teams at the top. Kane and Son ruthlessly exposed Leeds and Bielsa, and other top teams will until they get a huge upgrade on their playing squad. Leeds won’t get much higher than top 10 until they become more defensively sound. They are missing defensive players through injury, but they would still play this way with them in the team. More pragmatism is needed to get to the next level of pushing for Europe.
3. Mourinho’s plan works better against open teams: Spurs once again showed they are very happy to let other teams push forward and take the initiative. They look more comfortable playing against teams who are pushing forward all game long and are perfectly set up to counter and make the most of space on the break. This win, and the wins at home against Man City and Arsenal, are perfect examples of that. In recent games Spurs went 1-0 up and sat back, but that was against team who were willing to do something similar and not leave Spurs space on the counter to hurt them. Leeds, and more attack-minded teams higher up the table, will give Tottenham the space on the counter they crave and Mourinho’s plan works perfectly then. Figuring out how to break down deep defensive teams is their next big challenge.
Leeds started brilliantly as Harrison whipped in a cross which Raphinha just couldn’t head towards goal, while moments later he surged into the box but Klich fired over. Harry Kane hammered over after lovely interplay between himself and Son, as Spurs slowly got going.
Hojbjerg hit a shot on goal which Illan Meslier saved easily, but then Patrick Bamford nodded over as Raphinha picked him out.
Leeds gave away a penalty kick as they started to give the ball away cheaply at the back, with Alioski fouling Bergwijn and Kane slotting home the spot kick.
Toby Alderweireld and Kane then went close after good work from Hojbjerg as Leeds started to get sloppy in possession, as Bergwijn fired over. At the other end Leeds continued to pour forward, but Harrison and Bamford couldn’t convert. Son showed them how as Kane picked him out with a wonderful pass and the South Korean scored his 100th goal for Tottenham.
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Tottenham went 3-0 up early in the second half as Tanguy Ndombele’s effort after a quick free kick was pushed wide for a corner, and from that corner Alderweireld made it 3-0 with a header that Meslier couldn’t keep hold of.
Miscellaneousonline lutheran bible study books. Meslier then denied Bergwijn as Spurs threatened to rack up the score, as the Leeds goalkeeper also denied Kane.
Leeds then had plenty of the ball as Spurs sat back and soaked up pressure