Jose Mourinho’s Spurs side hosted Burnley this afternoon on the back of a dismal run of form, while the visitors will be looking to improve on a poor performance against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
Mourinho handed Gareth Bale a rare premier league start after impressing in recent cameo performances, and that faith was immediately rewarded as he stuck the ball past Nick Pope within the first two minutes. Heung Min-Son delivered a delightful ball into the area and the Welshman made no mistake from close range, a nightmare start for the Clarets.
Talisman Harry Kane also went close early on, firing a shot just wide of the Burnley goal with just five minutes on the clock, with both sides showing plenty of intent in the early stages. The pressure on the away side’s defence continued, with Lucas Moura firing straight at the goalkeeper from around eight yards out, more goals looked very very likely with the Burnley defence looking fairly rattled.
Another goal did come, and fairly quickly after, with a beautifully weighted ball from Gareth Bale finding Harry Kane, who expertly finished from the edge of the box, an incredibly fast start from Spurs.
After seemingly finding their feet for a brief period, Burnley were dealt another blow as the hosts showed their ruthless edge once again by making it three through a Lucas Moura header. Reguilon picked up the ball on the left and floated a wicked delivery into the box, Tarkowski got a slight flick on the ball however it just fell to the feet of the Brazilian, who slotted it past Nick Pope. It looked as if it was game over within the opening half hour.
The Clarets had a fairly brief period of slight dominance right on the stroke of half time, but the home side went into the interval with a very comfortable three goal lead, an impressive response to the immense criticism they have been under in the past few weeks.
Spurs started the second half pretty much as they did in first, dominating the ball and forcing Burnley into mistakes. The away side had to try and show some intent, but this approach was always going to leave some gaps, which proved costly as the home side extended their lead shortly after the break, with Bale once again finishing expertly after being found by Son in acres of space just outside the box, putting the result beyond any doubt.
Despite their large injury list, the defensive performance from the visitors was very poor and unlike the usual disciplined Burnley team we have come to expect over the past few seasons. They were ran ragged all afternoon, giving the dynamic front four of Spurs the space to express and enjoy themselves in the North London sun.
After the fourth goal the game did slightly peter out, with the three points always going to stay with the home side. In all honestly Spurs looked the more likely side to add another rather than Burnley grabbing a consolation, Kane and Son missed decent chances late on, but all in all a very good afternoon for Jose Mourinho and his Tottenham team.
The win moves Spurs up to eighth, six points off the top four, whilst Burnley may start nervously looking over their shoulders in fifteenth, especially with some tough fixtures coming up in the next few weeks
Man of the Match:
Gareth Bale – There was only really one contender from this affair, a stunning performance from the Welshman who looks to be finally picking up form that we all expected when he moved back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hugo Lloris – 6
Serge Aurier – 7
Davinson Sanchez – 7
Toby Alderweireld – 6
Sergio Reguilon – 7
Tanguy Ndombele – 7
Pierre-Emile Holbjerg – 6
Gareth Bale – 9
Lucas Moura – 8
Heung-Min Son – 8
Harry Kane – 8
Nick Pope – 5
Matt Lowton – 5
James Tarkowski – 4
Ben Mee – 5
Charlie Taylor – 4
Josh Brownhill – 6
Ashley Westwood – 5
Jack Cork – 6
Dwight Mcneil – 5
James Rodriguez – 6
Matej Vydra – 5
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