Tottenham Bounce Back with a Stunning 4-0 Victory over Leeds
Spurs left their fans perplexed when they lost to Burnley midweek after such an audacious victory against Man City last weekend.
Well, Tottenham were firing on all cylinders again this weekend in a match that saw Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son break the Premier League record for goalscoring/assist partnership contributions. Dejan Kulusevski got another goal and is proving just how special his time at Tottenham could be. Not to mention that after the game, Leeds decided to part ways with head coach Marco Bielsa after a thrilling 4 years in charge of the club.
It was another fantastic performance from Harry Kane who looked to emulate his performance against City. Despite scoring himself, he was able to feed through old chum Heung-Min Son to surpass Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba’s goal combinations. Kane also scored himself with a stunning effort from a very difficult angle. In the 27th minute, Pierre-Emile Hijbjerg, also in great form this game, delivered a defence-splitting pass through to Kane, who was able to chop the ball across goal and into the far corner.
The deadliest duo in Premier League history 🔥 pic.twitter.com/lhgAdkxhTf
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 28, 2022
The opener came from a lovely bit of play involving Ryan Sessegnon and Matt Doherty. Fantastic to see both players given a chance, especially Sessegnon who has struggled to get game time at the club since he arrived in 2019. Antonio Conte seems to have taken a shining to him and we’re beginning to see his play develop with care. He fizzed a lovely cross over to Matt Doherty who took no trouble in drilling it into the top right-hand corner. That was in the first ten minutes.
The new boy bags again
Five minutes on and Tottenham’s new boy Dejan Kulusevski gets his second Tottenham goal in his first month at the club. What a special talent he is proving to be. He made this goal out of nothing. Trapped near the corner flag, ‘Deki’ as he’s dubbed by the fans, passes three Leeds players with sheer determination before drilling a sublime effort low past the near post of the keeper. It’s safe to say he has added another outlet of creativity and flair for Tottenham in the midfield.
Another impressive display from Deki, capped off with an impressive goal. 👏 pic.twitter.com/VFuFTn60gw
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 26, 2022
Leeds grew into the game as the first half went on and began testing Lloris from both set pieces and open play. Koch hit the post. Raphinha looked deadly on the wing.
Although Leeds started the second half well, Tottenham were three-nil up and searching for their fourth. In a freak reverse of roles that replicated the opening goal, Doherty burst down the left to send a cross into Sessegnon who failed to convert.
Davies saves Lloris’s blushes
Spurs were hammering the Leeds goal before the home team’s best chance of the entire game came in the 76th minute of play. Hugo Lloris came way out of his 18-yard box to chase a ball that he failed to clear. Stuart Dallas had an open goal for so long. Dallas paused and eventually his indecision allowed Ben Davies to retreat and meet his eventual shot with a block.
The flying Welshman. 🦸
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 27, 2022
Son finally joined his partner in crime on the scoresheet in the 85th minute following an assist from Harry Kane. This was Son’s 61st goal in games when he’s shared the pitch with Harry Kane. Kane has 99 goals in the presence of Son.
The fantastic victory leaves Spurs on 42 points from 25 games played. They’re currently 3 points off West Ham in 5th and 5 points off Man Utd in 4th. Spurs have 2 games in hand of both teams. This victory massively strengthened Tottenham’s chances at a Champions League qualification spot and hopefully will be the tinder that ignites a sustained winning campaign under Conte. Between City and Leeds, something has clicked here for Spurs.
The Spurs Starting XI
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The manager’s thoughts
After the game, Conte claimed that,
“It is the first time I saw my mark with this system… it means that the work is starting to work. It was a good performance for us in a stadium that’s very difficult against a strong team that is not simple to play against.
“What I wanted to see today was the right spirit, the right character, the right desire to fight, to win the ball, win the duels against a team that, in these situations, they are masters because they press a lot.
“I wanted answers, not just about the football aspect, but I wanted to see improvements in these aspects that, in my opinion, are very important. Usually, my team are strong not only on the pitch, not only to play football but strong mentally and in their desire, their spirit.
What’s next for Tottenahm Hotspur
Tottenham travel Tyneside tomorrow night to play Middelsbrough in the fifth round of the F.A. Cup. 19:55 KO.
Spurs are then at home to a struggling Everton for MNF on the 7th of March. You can secure hospitality and premium tickets for that fixture here at a competitive rate. Tottenham will then take on Man Utd away on Saturday 12th March.
A huge three games for Tottenham’s progress in both the league and the cup.
Come on you Spurs.