Is that now Tottenham’s European Dreams over for next season?

It was a night to forget for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side as they suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat away to newly promoted Sheffield United. Spurs came into the game after an impressive win against London rivals West Ham with an attacking side with the likes of Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura starting for the North London side.

Sheffield United, who were still searching for their first win since the Premier League restarted took the lead early on when their record signing Sander Berge scored his first goal for the Blades with an impressive finish in the first half after a good attacking move.

Spurs striker Harry Kane thought he had equalised soon after but his goal was ruled out controversially by VAR because of a handball by Lucas Moura in the build-up.

Spurs struggled to break down the impressive Blades’ defence and it was Sheffield United who scored again in the second half, when some poor defending from Spurs allowed Lys Mousset to score after teammate Enda Stevens’ cutback from close range whilst Ben Davies and Eric Dier watched on.

It was Oli McBurnie who compounded Jose Mourinho’s night to forget when he slotted past Hugo Lloris to score his fifth goal of the season.

Kane, who had a goal ruled out in the first half and a second with the score at 2-0 finally got his goal but it was only to be a consolation in added time and the loss leaves Spurs in ninth place, seven points adrift of Wolves leaving them with a mountain to climb if they hope to qualify or Europe for next season.

Chris Wilder’s Blades move up into seventh place in the league and just five points behind Manchester United and Wolves who sit in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Player Ratings

Sheffield United

Henderson 7 – the United keeper will be disappointed to concede the goal at the end of the game and didn’t have too much to do during the game.

Basham 7 – kept the Spurs attackers at bay and was solid throughout the game.

Egan 7 – was solid in defence as well, made the Spurs attack work hard for any attacking chances.

Robinson 7 – was controlled throughout the game constantly putting the Spurs players under pressure.

Baldock 7 – played well and worked hard throughout, was tight defensively as well.

Berge 8 – confident and caused Spurs a lot of issues, scored an impressive goal United will hope for a repeat performance in their next game.

Norwood 6 – played well but was booked, kept the Spurs midfield under pressure.

Osborn 7 – looked solid and created a few chances, passing and defensively looked confident.

Stevens 7 – made it hard for the Spurs players and worked hard.

McBurnie 9 – star man for the game, scored and caused a lot of issues for the Spurs defence.

McGoldrick 8 – linked up well with the players around him, worked hard and created chances good solid performance.

Substitutes

Sharp – not used

Jagielka – not used

Freeman 6 – came on in added time for McBurnie, kept the Spurs defence busy in the time he was on.

Mousset 8 – came on for McGoldrick and made an immediate impact with a goal- could have done enough to start the next game.

Moore – not used

Rodwell – not used

Tottenham

Lloris 6 – conceded 3 goals not at fault for any of them but the French keeper will be disappointed to not keep another clean sheet after the West Ham game.

Aurier 3- another poor defensive display from the Spurs fullback, out of position on a number of occasions and failed to stop a cross that lead to a Sheffield United goal. Poor in attack, final ball was an issue failing to have an impact going forward. Was replaced by Ndombele in the 71’ minute.

Sanchez 4 – struggled to command the Spurs defence alongside Dier, conceding 3 goals away from home.

Dier 4 – was caught ball watching for Sheffield United’s second goal, was good in the air but positional frailties showing. Looked solid until Sheffield United scored, is it now time for Vertonghen and Alderweireld?

Davies 4- was caught ball watching as well for Sheffield United’s second goal when Mousset evaded both himself and Dier, was replaced by Vertonghen in the 81’ minute.

Sissoko 5- worked hard again as he continued to return from injury, broke forward on a number of occasions and made some crucial tackles but failed to have an impact. Once he returns to full fitness Spurs will hope that the French Midfielder will begin to have a driving impact in the Spurs midfield. He was replaced by Alli in the 71’ minute.

Lo Celso 4- it was a quiet night for the Argentinian, he struggled to make an impact going forward and gave the ball away uncharacteristically.

Moura 4 -was penalised for handball by VAR in the lead up to the Spurs goal and the goal ruled out. He also failed to make an impact but continued to try and break down the solid blades defence.

Bergwijn 4- struggled against a tight Blades defence, still trying to link up with Kane up top but also is still returning from injury. Was replaced my Lamela in the 56’ minute.

Son 4 – was a quiet night for the Spurs forward, playing wide he struggled to make an attacking impact in a night to forget for the fans favourite.

Kane 4- had two goals ruled out but did finally get his thirteenth goal of the season but struggled against the United defenders. Kane will still be trying to find his form and fitness to help pull Tottenham up to the European positions in the league.

Substitutes

Alderweireld – not used

Vertonghen 4 – came on late in the game for Davies on the left hand side but it was too late to recover the damage done earlier in the game. May have done enough to start the next game against Everton.

Winks – not used

Lamela 6 – arguably Spurs’ best player on the night, worked hard when he came off the bench, closing down and driving forward. Lacked composure and accuracy with the final ball but should start Spurs’ next game.

Alli 4- again failed to make an impact in the game when coming on as a substitute, was suspended for the previous games due to an insensitive tweet on social media. Spurs will hope their bright talent starts to make an impact.

Gazzaniga – not used

Ndombele 5 – came on for Aurier with Spurs trailing, looked good on the ball, the Spurs faithful will hope to see more of the impressive French playmaker.

Skipp – not used

Carvalho Fernandes – not used.

 

 

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