Tottenham smash Newcastle 5 – 1 and move into the last UCL qualification spot

North London was rocking on Sunday 3rd of April as Antonio Conte steered his team to a third successive Premier League victory after Spurs comfortably scored 5 goals against Newcastle United.

King Conte

Tottenham have now won six in their last eight Premier League matches. This is the sort of consistency in form that the team has been lacking and the fans have been dying for. With time Conte has got turned this squad from a team that could barely get a win under the last few weeks of Nuno’s tenure, to consistent and exciting victories. And the fans are here for it:

It’s not just the points on the table that Conte has influenced. You can see evident improvements in the personal performances of some players who couldn’t flourish under previous coaches. Matt Doherty, Eric Dier, and Ryan Sessegnon all spring to mind. The January signings of Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur have also made a significant impact and made Tottenham a more complete starting XI. Kane and Son are back to firing on all cylinders. Confidence is up.

And what has all this led to? Spurs finally claim the 4th spot they have been chasing after for the last few months. Since Conte’s arrival, that has always been the target. Obviously, other results will help Tottenham in their pursuits. Man Utd dropped points on the weekend and if Arsenal lose to Crystal Palace on Monday 4th of April then it really is game on. With the North London derby still to come, a Crystal Palace upset tonight would undoubtedly be celebrated as another Spurs victory in N17.

5 thrilling goals for Spurs

This match against Newcastle marked the anniversary of Tottenham Hotspur’s first-ever match in their new stadium. Despite myriad results since that day, Spurs have always been difficult to beat at home. In fact, in those three years, only table-toppers Manchester City and Liverpool have claimed more home points than Spurs.

Spurs started the game well and achieved a possession rate of 83% in the first 15 minutes of play. Eric Dier, Rodrigo Bentancur, and Harry Kane all had opportunities to open the scoring. However, it was the Magpies that broke the deadlock from a well-worked free-kick. Fabian Schar elected to drill his free-kick bottom right rather than go over the wall. Hugo Lloris could have done better.

Although Heung-Min Son was at fault for the foul that led to Newcastle’s opener, he more than atoned as he delivered a delicious cross into the opposing box three minutes later that set up Ben Davies for the equaliser.

Quite typically of Tottenham’s most recent performances, the home side came out raring to go and full of energy. It didn’t take long for Spurs to get their second. Harry Kane delivered a sublime pass (shock) that curled round the entire Magpie defensive line and into the path of a charging Matt Doherty. Doherty doesn’t usually play on the left but rose to the challenge well. For me, Doherty has been one of Spurs’ most improved players under Conte and has been a joy to watch in recent weeks.

It was then Heung-Min Son’s turn to join the party and got his goal at the 54th-minute mark. Harry Kane released Dejan Kulusevski with a through ball down the right-hand side of the pitch. With an almighty first touch that allowed himself to sprint down the line, both Son and Doherty had broken the Newcastle defence and Son finished a square ball with ease. Spurs were out of sight at this point.

Doherty was involved with the 4th goal after he delivered a cross that Emerson Royal converted. It was Royal’s first goal for the club… congratulations, Emerson!

Finally, Steven Bergwijn, the substitute who has come on to devastate teams in the closing minutes time and time again rounded off the day’s goals. Son and Lucas Moura drove forward from the halfway line and eliminated Newcastle defenders with ease before releasing Bergwijn in a one-on-one that he converted nicely.

60.8% possession. 19 shots. 5 goals. 3 points. 4th in the Premier League. What a game for Tottenham Hotspur.

The starting Spurs XI

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

The manager’s thoughts

After the game, Antonio Conte claimed that,

​​”The space between games so we can work and not play every three days is helping us. When you come in during the season you have to prepare for game, game, game. To have more days to work with my players is helpful to us as I have more time to transfer my philosophies on football to my players. This is very important. We can improve. This performance and the last few performances have given us great confidence but in England this league is difficult. To play against us is difficult at the moment.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham will travel to Birmingham next as they play Aston Villa away on Saturday, 9th April.
Spurs will then face Brighton at home on the 16th of April and Brentford away on the 23rd of April.

Come on you Spurs.