Tottenham 1 – 0 Watford: The perfect Spurs start is maintained

Tottenham Hotspur thrilled their home fans once more over the Bank Holiday Weekend as they managed to not only maintain their 100% win record to the opening Premier League season but also kept another clean sheet.

The faithful magician in midfield, Heung-Min Son scored the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur head into the international break as Premier League table toppers. To make the afternoon even more magical, it was the Korean’s 200th league appearance.

The game was open in the early stages as both sides created good chances to go ahead. Watford’s Juraj Kucka and Ismaila Sarr kept the Spurs defenders on their feet and both missed opportunities for the Hornets.

Dele Alli almost doubled the lead for Spurs with a fine shot that missed its mark and Harry Kane had two efforts which he failed to convert on his first start of the 2021/2022 Premier League season.

Nuno is performing well as manager

Nuno Espirito Santo is proving his mettle as Tottenham Manager and the fans are most certainly warming to him. His style of football has been practical. Oliver Skipp and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg were brick walls again in that CDM role and protected their defensive line very well. 

The preceding moments before halftime is always a devastating period of time to concede a goal and that is exactly what happened to Watford. Steven Bergwijn won a free kick. Son converted that free kick brilliantly as the Watford keeper couldn’t claim the ball for his own.

Watford did not let their heads go down in the second half and greeted a couple of great chances. One of which was created by former Tottenham man Moussa Sissoko, who had transferred to Watford that week. Sissoko received a warm welcome from fans on both sides of the stadium.

Spurs top, Arsenal bottom

It is interesting how quickly things change in football. Following a very disappointing season for Spurs and a public scramble for a new manager to replace Jose Mourinho, the club looked in crisis. Now with exciting new signings coming into the squad, Fabio Paratici and Nuno performing well in their senior roles, Spurs seem to have got their mojo back.

As Tottenham go into the international break at the summit of the Premier League, North London rivals go in to the break dead bottom. This is the first time in the history of top-flight English football that Spurs have finished a game on top whilst their rivals sit bottom.

It was the perfect end to a stunning week for Spurs. Harry Kane committed his future to the club for at least another season before bagging a brace in a 3-0 victory over Pacos de Ferriera to see them advance through the Europa Conference League.

Spurs v Watford: The starting line-up

GK

Lloris

DEF

Tanganga 

Sanchez

Dier

Reguilon

MID

Hojbjerg

Skipp

Alli

Bergwijn

Son

ST

Kane

What Nuno had to say

After the game, Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo said,

“There’s no perfection, we’re still trying to improve. Today we did a good game in terms of consistency, and organisation. We have to be more clinical. We had enough chances to make a different score, but the boys worked very hard. The dynamic of the team is good… Watford were very organised, didn’t allow too many spaces. But more dynamic, more mobility through our front line, but something that we have to improve. We’ll see the game and speak to the boys.”

What’s next for Spurs?

Spurs are only the second team in history to win each of their three opening games in the Premier League 1-0. Can they make it four wins out of four when they play Crystal Palace away after the international break on the 11th of September? 

Spurs are then at home against London rivals Chelsea on the 19th September. We have some excellent premium hospitality packages for that unmissable match. Tottenham v Chelsea never fails to deliver an exciting match-up!

The huge news in the Premier League this week was Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Premier League. See Ronaldo in action on the 30th October as Spurs play Man Utd at home. This game will sell out so get your premium tickets early!