Spurs v Bournemouth Travel Club Package – 2019/20
Enjoy the best in football hospitality with Spurs v Bournemouth at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in this 2019/20 Premier League fixture. Your superb executive premium seats will provide you with the best in comfort and views within Level 2 of the East Stand (BLK 236 – 238), a reserved section with access to private lounges. While fans will never forget the iconic White Hart Lane, it’s safe to say that the new stadium already feels like home, with an innovative design and unbeatable acoustics making for one of the most incredible matchday experiences in Europe.
As a Premium Seat ticket holder, you will enjoy fast track entrance, a complimentary match programme, direct access to a private lounge with complimentary light food offerings pre-match, a complimentary half-time drink of beer, wine or soft drink, and the opportunity to meet with Spurs Legends (subject to availability former Spurs players visit the Lounge areas, guests will need to approach former players if photographs or autographs are required).
For manager Pochettino, the result is less than ideal given the huge game on the horizon, as we gear up to overturn a 1 goal deficit when we face Ajax in the Champions League semi-final second leg in Amsterdam on Wednesday night.
In a frustrating first half where we squandered several chances to take the lead, Son Heung-Min was dismissed shortly before half time for pushing Jefferson Lerma in an uncharacteristic display of anger. This lack of discipline was a trend of the first half, too, with Eric Dier booked and fortunate not to receive a second, as well as getting away with a foul that on another day could have been a penalty. In reality Bournemouth could conceivably have been awarded two penalties in the first half alone.
It seemed that things couldn’t get much worse for us. But, just two minutes after the interval, that’s exactly what happened. Brought on at half time to shore up the defence, youngster Juan Foyth showed his inexperience and a worrying lack of composure with a studs-up challenge on Jack Simpson. Reaching for his pocket, the referee had no choice but to show his second red card of the game.
Before the two red cards killed off our attacking threat, the main opposition to a Spurs goal was 19-year-old Irish goalkeeper Mark Travers, who made a storming senior debut with five saves in the first half to keep Spurs at bay. The young keeper was a spectator in the second half however, with a strong defensive showing from nine-man Spurs leaving Bournemouth short of ideas.
In the end though, the numerical advantage was too much for the Tottenham team, and after valiantly defending for the majority of the second half, the Cherries managed to capitalise in the 91st minute with Ake heading home from a Ryan Fraser corner.
The result places us just four points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, with Spurs recording just one win in the past four league games. Our run of bad form leaves us perilously close to losing a top-four spot to our fiercest rivals, and the boys will be hoping that Arsenal fail to overcome Brighton in tomorrow’s fixture. Spurs have arguably been lucky to hold onto the Champions League places so far, with our bad spell matched almost game for game by Arsenal, who have registered recent defeats against Leicester, Wolves, Palace and Everton. Our fate is in our own hands, though, as whatever the result we can avoid being overtaken by the Gunners with a win against Everton in the final league game on 12th May.
Spurs see red
This was the last thing Pochettino needed before the big Champions league semi-final second leg on Wednesday, and the way in which his team seemingly fell to pieces under the pressure of the situation will be a concern for the Argentine.
Ever since Pochettino’s appointment five years ago, it’s fair to say that Tottenham have transformed their reputation as a ‘soft touch’. This game, however, saw the usually feisty Lilywhites veer into the over-aggressive, and they were lucky not to end the game with eight players.
While it could be argued that he was provoked Son, as a senior player, should have known better than to lash out in frustration, and while Lerma’s reaction certainly didn’t do the Korean any favours, you’d be hard-pushed to find anyone in the ground who disagreed with the decision to send him off. Foyth, on the other hand, was just a bit too eager to please, and more than a touch naive.
The tone for the entire game was set as early as the 11th minute, though, with Dier the first into Craig Pawson’s book following a poor tackle on Ryan Fraser. He could easily have received a second booking just a few minutes later, too, but the referee incorrectly ruled that he had got the ball with a mis-timed lunge on Joshua King as he stopped a Bournemouth counter-attack.
Hugo Lloris was the next to produce a moment of madness, lucky not to concede a penalty as he collided with striker Josh King after the Norwegian had pushed the ball past him. And the Spurs fans had barely had a chance to breathe when Dier had their hearts in their mouths again, this time for booting the back of Callum Wilson’s ankle as he lined up a shot. Again, Bournemouth appealed for a penalty. Again, the referee waved away the protests.
Few could have predicted that it would be Son who would finally push things too far for Spurs, though – the mild-mannered Korean is usually the picture of good behaviour on a football pitch. However he let his frustrations get the better of him when he was adjudged to have fouled Fraser in the 43rd minute, shoving Lerma to the ground in the ensuing melee and ensuring an early bath for himself in the process.
But while Son’s red card had made it difficult for Spurs, Foyth’s shortly after half time made it nigh-on impossible. Brought on in place of Toby Alderweireld at half-time, the Argentine had just three touches before going in studs-up on Simpson in a nasty challenge, leaving Craig Pawson with no choice but to produce another red card. He had been on the pitch for just two minutes and 13 seconds.
Bournemouth v Spurs Man of the Match
The teenage keeper showed his raw talent with an accomplished performance, recording 5 saves – of which 4 were top class – ensuring that Spurs didn’t leave the Vitality with a point.
Champions League preparations
Despite being reduced to nine men and not registering a single shot on goal in the second half, it could be argued that Bournemouth didn’t do too much to threaten the Spurs goal. The Cherries seemed unsure as to how to play against nine men, and it looked as though Spurs might hold on for a point before Ake came charging through a scattered penalty area to head what would prove to be the winner.
This is far from ideal preparation for the Ajax game next week, and while he tried to put a brave face on it, Mauricio Pochettino knows that on Wednesday night he needs a team of players who are going to keep their heads when the pressure really ratchets up,
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Tottenham seemed to have stepped it up a gear when they returned to the pitch in the second period. Pochettino possibly had to share a few words of encouragement, or perhaps the weight of another loss or draw at Wembley started to play on the minds of the Spurs players. Just two minutes after the restart, Christian Eriksen sent Steve Cook the wrong way with a drop of the shoulder and comfortably beat Begovic to give Tottenham the lead. Nothing can be taken away from Begovic’s overall impressive performance. Around the hour mark, the Bosnian international was forced to make a double save which denied Harry Kane from increasing the deficit. I believe it was this standout moment that earnt the Bournemouth keeper the award.
Lloris was called into action as Jermain Defoe threatened against his old club in the 75th minute. Hugo swung out his leg and beat the ball away with his stretched out foot to keep his clean sheet for the game. Begovic stepped up twice more in the final 15 minutes crucially denying Eriksen and N’Koudou from increasing the Spurs lead. All in all, Begovic produced 5 critical saves. Bournemouth will walk away from Wembley with a loss, but not an embarrassing one – thanks to the remarkable exhibition of their trusty number one.
Spurs vs Bournemouth Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 73,502
Man of the Match
Asmir Begovic fully deserves this accolade this game following an extraordinary string of saves to keep the deficit to just one goal.
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