Spurs 2 – 1 Burnley Review

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Tottenham closed the gap between themselves and the Champions League places to just four points following victory against the Clarets at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday. 

The conclusion of the 2023/24 Premier League season is rapidly approaching, with Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs one of the clubs that is still competing for that final UEFA Champions League Qualification spot in fourth place. Ahead of their match against Burnley, Tottenham were sat 7 points adrift of Aston Villa, who are the club that currently occupies fourth.

Coming into the game, Spurs knew that a win, coupled with Villa’s defeat to Brighton a week before would see them reduce the gap to a measly four points with two games to go. And win is what Tottenham did, beating Vincent Kompany’s Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst this crucial victory lifts the North London outfit to within touching distance of the Champions League spots, defeat left their Lancashire counterparts sat in 19th place on 24 points with a single game to go. Following defeat against the Lilywhites, the Clarets now saw a gap between them and safety stand at 5 points – this meant relegation straight back down to the Championship.

Fans of Spurs will have hoped for a comfortable victory against Burnley whilst also getting closer to matching Aston Villa’s goal difference. In the end, it was an important, if also tense, 2 – 1 victory for the North London side who did make an impact on their goal difference at the same time.

Now, onto the game itself, and it saw hosts Spurs presented with the first chance of the day through James Maddison, but his close range effort in the Burnley box was well blocked by the Clarets’ defenders (4’).

Then, just a minute later, the visitors had a first effort on target of their own when Vitinho saw his header saved well by the Lilywhites’ Italian Stopper Guglielmo Vicario. The Brazilian defender was denied after having met a cross into the box from forward Wilson Odobert (5’).

It was Burnley ‘keeper Arijanet Muric who was then forced into a crucial save when former Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson tried to find the bottom right corner with a precise effort, only for the Claret’s Kosovan Goalkeeper to make a save (7’).

Son Heung-Min was the next Tottenham player to have a chance to score the opening goal, but the South Korea international was denied by Muric (22’), before then narrowly missing the target with another effort a couple of minutes later (24’).

Spurs were to be punished for these missed chances. Danish forward Jacob Bruun Larsen managed to find the back of the net calmly after a great pass from midfielder Sander Berge had managed to find them in space (25’).

Shortly after that, Pedro Porro came close to restoring parity, only for his effort on goal to miss the target (29’).

The equaliser finally came for Spurs from their Spanish right back, with Porro finding the bottom right corner with a powerful effort from just inside the penalty area (32’). The home side would now be pushing to take the lead for the first time in this contest.

The two teams went into the half time interval on level terms, with the entire second half for home side Tottenham to find that all-important goal to take the lead.

Just after half time, goal scorer Pedro Porro narrowly missed the target following an initial close range effort on goal from midfield maestro James Maddison (54’). Maddison then forced a spectacular save from Arijanet Muric with just over half an hour remaining (59’).

Shortly after that effort, Cristian Romero was the next Tottenham player to be denied by the Clarets’ Goalkeeper. With barely more than twenty minutes remaining, the Argentine central defender’s header was well saved after the World Cup winner had managed to meet a ball into the box from Dejan Kulusevski (66’). Kulusevski then forced a save from Muric himself a couple of minutes later (68’).

Pape Matar Sarr was the next Tottenham player to find the Goalkeeper’s gloves with effort having initially looked as if it may find the bottom right corner with ten minutes to go (80’).

Then, with just under 10 minutes remaining, Tottenham Hotspur finally found their winning goal when Dutch defender Micky van de Ven found the bottom left corner of Arijanet Muric’s net to give his club the lead for the first time in this contest (82’).

Defender Romero then came close to making it 3 – 1 a few minutes later, but his header was saved by Muric to keep the hosts’ lead at just one gaol (86’).

Burnley were unable to muster an equaliser so Spurs were able to come away with a deserved 2 – 1 win in this crucial Premier League game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in North London.

Possession was dominated by the home side, with Spurs having 63.1% of the ball compared to the total of 36.9% for the visiting Clarets. Tottenham had 21 shots in all with 9 on target, whilst Burnley got 3 shots on target from their 7 in all.

Following the game, Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Ange Postecoglou had the following to say (via the official Spurs Website): “It was always going to be a tricky game for us because as much as you try and put it to one side, losing four games in a row, for the players there’s always a bit of stress and anxiety.

“Burnley really had to go for it today, but I thought in the first half we controlled the game really well – I just thought we were a bit anxious in the final third with our decision making.

“I thought Pedro’s goal before half-time was really important, and the second half was better. We were stronger after half-time – we always are. It’s just that some recent games have got away from us, but today we were right in it. It’s pleasing for the players and credit to them for not getting too wound up and just playing our football.”

Next up for Spurs is a tough test against reigning Premier League Champions Manchester City in what is Tottenham’s final home game of the 2023/24 season at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. This game against the Cityzens in North London will be taking place on Tuesday 14th May 2024 in what is a 20:00 kick-off.

Then, on the final day of the current Premier League season, Ange Postecoglou and his team will be taking on already relegated Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday 19th May 2024 in what will be a 16:00 kick-off.

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