spurs lockdown final 5 games

Spurs Lockdown: Final 5 Game Review

man united v spurs

Spurs 1 – 1 Manchester United

David de Gea’s error from Bergwijn’s powerful first-half strike (27) looked as though it would be enough for us inch closer to the Champions League places, only for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to bring Pogba off the bench.

Following several chances from United, Pogba bounced past Eric Dier who appeared to have clumsily brought down his opponent to make way for a soft penalty. Fernandes (81) converted the equaliser from the spot. 

In the ninetieth minute, Man United were presented with a second spot-kick by referee Jon Moss. However, VAR rightly reversed the decision, recognizing that the incident between Dier and Fernandes was not a foul.

A victory for Mourinho’s men – in his first match against his former side – would have closed the gap between Spurs and United to just one point.

Players and officials applauded before kick-off to honour the victims of COVID-19 as well as taking the knee to pay respect to the Black Lives Matter movement after the final whistle.

Steven Bergwijn managed to become the 2nd player to score during his first 3 Premier League home games. Rafael van der Vaart is the only other player to have managed this back in 2010.

 

west ham v spurs

Spurs 2 – 0 West Ham United

Harry Kane managed to score his first goal since his injury as Spurs continued to ignite their hopes of European football with a 2-0 victory that resulted in West Ham facing relegation fears. 

Heung-Min Son was denied by VAR at the end of an even first half after good build up play that resulted in a goal, only to see Son’s toe in an offside position and ruled out.

VAR was busy again in the second half as Tomas Soucek bundled into his own net before he even knew what happened (64). The ball seemed to have hit Davinson Sanchez’s arm but VAR still assessed this a worthy goal. 

Jarrod Bowen proceeded to hit the post for West Ham before Kane ran onto Son’s through-ball and finished sharply (82) on his 200th Premier League appearance for Spurs.

It was Tottenham who claimed the 3 points as the match ended and provided the home side their 1st Premier League home game victory since facing Man City on 2nd Feb. 

Spurs finish the league double over West Ham for the 1st time since 2012/13.

Harry Kane has scored 137 goals in 200 appearances for Spurs in the Premier League. Sergio Agüero (138) is the only other player to have secured more after 200 games for a club. 

Spurs 1 – 0 Everton

Michael Keane’s own goal handed Spurs a meagre 1-0 victory over Everton to bruise the Toffees’ European hopes. 

Keane managed to unintentionally curve Giovani Lo Celso’s shot past Jordan Pickford (24) in a match that have commented lacked in passion. Quite surprising from two European qualifying teams.

Heung-Min Son and Hugo Lloris nearly faced conflict during the break. He appeared to be dissatisfied with his team-mate’s efforts with regard to tracking Richarlison’s run and shot just moments before. They had to be kept apart as they walked into the dressing room.

In the tunnel at half time, however, images emerged of the two embracing and appeared determined to get the job done. 

The conflict with Lloris appeared to motivate Son as he went close to twice adding to Spurs’ lead. Everton’s continued slow pace hindered any hopes of taxing Lloris and left them 10th, four points off their hosts who now occupied the final Europa League qualifying spot in eighth.

José Mourinho is the 5th manager to succeed with 200 Premier League wins. 

Spurs remain undefeated in 15 Premier League games against Everton. This marks their longest continuous success against an opponent in the competition.

spurs v arsenal

Spurs 2 – 1 Arsenal

Mourinho experienced a win for his first north London derby as Spurs defeat Arsenal 2-1.

Toby Alderweireld’s header (81) secured a much needed three points for Spurs’ European push in their first meeting with their rivals on their home turf.

Alexandre Lacazette’s lethal motivation (16) had given Arsenal an early lead but the Gunners’ lack of defence was their downfall as Sead Kolasinac’s error handed Heung-Min Son the equaliser three minutes later (19).

The victory elevated Spurs to eighth position, while Arsenal dropped down to ninth.

José Mourinho defends his record of never losing a home game against Arsenal in his career, winning six and drawing four of his 10 matches to date. 

Spurs manage to go undefeated in six successive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since January 1968.

spurs v leicester city

Spurs 3 – 0 Leicester City

Spurs manage to beat Leicester City 3-0 in what is considered to be a Mourinho and Kane masterclass. The win placed further tension on the Foxes’ Champions League hopes.

The Foxes appeared to be makers of their own collapse as Spurs added a second (37) after breaking from a defensive corner, with Lucas Moura finding Kane’s run to slot beyond Schmeichel eight minutes before half-time.

Greater things were yet to come. Kane received an overhit pass from Lucas, forcing him out wide with plenty to do, only to cut inside Ryan Bennett from the edge of the box and arch an effort just inside the far post (40) to end the game as a contest before half time with his fourth goal in two games.

It was clear that after the break it was all about containing Leicester and squeezing the three points out of the contest with all the hard work done in the first half. 

As expected, neither side produced anything to seriously trouble the goalkeepers after the interval with both knowing the game had already been won, leaving fourth-placed Leicester looking to next weekend’s final-day meeting with Manchester United, in fifth, who they now lead only on goals scored.

A win a Crystal Palace would guarantee Spurs find themselves in Europe, albeit the second tier, for an 11th consecutive season.

Spurs win four consecutive Premier League games on their home turf for the first time – it’s their longest winning run at home since December 2018 (4).

Since Spurs’ first game with Mourinho as manager, the team have won 44 points. Only Liverpool, Man City and Man United have managed to collect more points within this time frame. 

Harry Kane has managed to score 16 goals in 14 games against Leicester. This is more than he’s ever scored against any other team throughout his career.