Spurs win 3-0 and secure a third Premier League win in a row

It was a fantastic weekend for Tottenham Hotspur fans up and down the country as Spurs defeated Norwich City 3-0 at home to move into 5th place in the Premier League. Spurs are now just 2 points off Champions League qualification and 8 points behind London rivals Chelsea.

There were plenty of highlights to rave about in this matchup, not least Lucas Moura’s stunning strike in the 10th minute, which set the pace for the rest of the game. Davinson Sanchez and Heung-Min Son then sealed the victory in the 67th and 77th minutes respectively. 

The ‘Conte Effect’ taking hold at Spurs

It was a battle of the new bosses with Antonio Conte clinching victory over ex-Villa manager Dean Smith. This win marks Conte’s third league win with Spurs and continues his undefeated PL start as the Head Honcho in North London.

Conte only made one change from the winning side that played Brentford on Thursday, switching out the young and hungry Japhet Tanganga for Emerson Royal, who had to withdraw due to illness.

It was a slow start for Tottenham, and Smith’s visitors attacked early in their new back-three formation and made Lloris work straight from the outset. Norwich’s front foot slowly retreated as Oliver Skipp, who gave an immaculate performance against his former loan club, turned the tide and mustered an attack for Spurs.

It was in the 10th minute that Lucas Moura lit up the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a moment of individual class and talent unmatched by any other goal scorer across all European leagues this weekend. After touching the ball past two Norwich players, Moura completes a lovely one-two exchange with Son, turns a further defender and drills the ball into the top-left corner from a 22-yard wonder strike.

The first-half performance had periods of great play from Spurs, but it was patchy. Nevertheless, Spurs continued to create chances; something they struggled to do under Nuno Espirito Santo. Moura, Kane, Son and Ben Davies all had chances to double the lead before the half-time whistle. Spurs almost conceded on the 60-minute mark after Idah missed from an unmarked position 6 yards from goal.

Conte had his men better tuned in the 2nd half than in the 1st, and Sanchez topped off a period of pressure by blasting in a deflected ball from close range following a Spurs corner. Tottenham looked unstoppable now and the third goal was a really nice team effort. Oliver Skipp and Ben Davies linked up to weave into Norwich’s box. Davies then offloaded the ball to Son, who made no mistake in finding the bottom left-hand corner.

The ‘Conte effect’ is seeming to take hold for Spurs and things are looking positive under the success-hungry Italian.

The starting XI

GK

Lloris

DEF

Sanchez

Dier

Davies

MDF

Tanganga

Hojbjerg

Skipp

Reguilon

FWD

Moura

Son

Kane

The Manager’s thoughts

After the match, Conte exclaimed that “I want to say thanks to all the fans that sang my name. On one hand I’m very happy for this, on the other hand I feel a lot of responsibility to our fans. They trust a lot in my work and to listen to my name was good because I have just arrived, only one month I’ve been here. Maybe it’s too early! But I want to show in the future I deserve this. Surely, my expectation is to see much more goals after this. But good performance with the ball, without the ball.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Spurs take on Rennes in a must-win European Conference League group match on Thursday 9th December. Tickets are limited for this one so make sure you snap up one of the remaining few hospitality packages today.

Spurs are then away at Brighton on Sunday 12th December and are then away again at Leicester on the 16th.