Spurs smash struggling Everton 5-0 achieving back-to-back PL wins

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was rocking for Monday Night Football as Spurs shocked Frank Lampard’s Everton into a 5-0 defeat. Frank said in an interview just a few months ago that as a player, he would dub White Heart Lane “three-point lane”. Well, the three points stayed firmly in North London this time.

What does this fantastic win mean for the league? Well, Spurs are now 7th in the Premier League and have 45 points. They are three points behind Arsenal in 4th. It is an incredibly tight race for that fourth UCL qualification spot and Spurs play Man Utd this Saturday. Utd are 5th and have two more points than Tottenham. They are in a run of bad form though and this is a game Conte will be viewing as a must-win. At the other end of the table, the defeat only added to Everton’s woes. The Toffees are now just one point above the relegation zone.

Conte ball is taking effect

The recent spike in Spurs performances come after Conte has had time for his work and training to be rolled out efficiently during the Premier League campaign. Their recent wins over Man City, Leeds and now Everton were peppered with losses to Burnley and Middlesbrough. However, the style of play has changed: you can tell that the players are becoming more accustomed to how Conte wants the ball passed around. The new tactics are seemingly starting to pay off.

Conte has spurred life into a few players who warmed the bench under other managers. Ryan Sessegnon is one of those players who is now enjoying a starting position in the left wing-back position and contributed emphatically to the opening Spurs goal that came within the first 15 minutes of play. His devastating cross intended for Kane’s boot, forced the Everton defender Michael Keane, to turn the goal in himself.

Dejan Kulusevski, who has impressed the Tottenham fans since his arrival in January got yet another goal contribution this game after outpacing Mason Holgate and slipping a through ball to Heung-Min Son. Son made no mistake in drilling his effort under the body of Jordan Pickford.

Kane has found form the same time as Spurs

One rise that has been synonymous with Tottenham’s most recent success is the personal performances Harry Kane has been registering on the pitch. Another flawless game from him afforded him yet another Man of the Match award. Kane opened his scoring just before halftime after beating the VAR in an off-side decision and slotting his effort into the corner of Pickford’s net.

Despite a very lively first half, Ryan Sessegnon had to come off due to a muscle injury. We believe he is being assessed closely today to determine who severe his injury is. However, his replacement, Sergio Reguilon found success almost instantly as he converted yet another Kulusevski through ball.

Kane vs Henry

Another player who seems to have flourished under Conte is Matt Doherty. Doherty delivered a lovely weighted ball over the top to Harry Kane who volleyed the ball across goal with aplomb. This goal marked Harry Kane’s 176 Premier League goal, surpassing Thierry Henry’s record. Kane is now 84 goals off displacing Alan Shearer as all-time PL scorer. At the age of 28, you’d like to think Kane can claim this accolade for himself if he stays in England until the end of his career.

Dele Alli was introduced in the closing quarter of the game and the Spurs faithful gave him a warm reception.

The Spurs starting XI

H Lloris ©
B Davies
E Dier
C Romero
R Sessegnon
Højbjerg
R Bentancur
M Doherty
H Son
D Kulusevski
H Kane

The Manager’s Thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte claimed,

“We’ve got 12 games to play and I have to be the first to take responsibility. I don’t like to speak of the Champions League as my ambition as I play to win trophies, but for me, it is our Premier League title if we reach fourth place. I’m pleased for my players. The hard work we are doing is starting to pay. This team is improving a lot. We have a lot of space to continue to improve.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

A crucial game against the out-of-form Manchester United on Saturday 12th March, 17:30 KO. Very important for closing that gap in the race for 4th.

After that, Spurs will travel to Brighton for a midweek kick-off on Wednesday 16th March. The Lilywhites are then back at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for a London Derby against West Ham on Sunday 20th March. You can get VIP tickets and hospitality packages for that game from Eventmasters Travel. Prices start from £299.