Tottenham got their Premier League campaign back on track after the disappointment of getting knocked out of the Europa League at the hands of Gent. Mauricio Pochettino didn’t change his side at all and the players stepped up to the plate as they, or rather Harry Kane, demolished Stoke City.
Mark Hughes’ side were destroyed in the first half thanks to four goals, three of them came from Kane and the fourth was setup by the Englishman. Spurs could have had a lot more but they had to be happy with this great performance.
The win lifted them to second till the rest of the sides below them played and we share the player ratings for the side.
Hugo Lloris – 8/10
Lloris produced a great save from Crouch in the first half and was sharp a number of times to ensure he kept a clean sheet.
Eric Dier – 7/10
Dier didn’t look all that bad for once and took care of the attacking threat from Stoke rather well considering he hasn’t been the best at defending.
Toby Alderweireld – 6/10
Didn’t really have a lot to do in the first half and was replaced right after the start of the second half due to an injury.
Jan Vertonghen – 8/10
The Belgian hit the bar with a rasping drive in the first half and did pretty well to nullify the threat of Peter Crouch. Vertonghen was replaced in the 65th minute with Harry Winks.
Kyle Walker – 7.5/10
Walker was great in joining the attack and had a couple of great chances in the second half to get on the score sheet but blasted one of his chances wide.
Victor Wanyama – 7.5/10
The Kenyan was great in the midfield as he battling hard to win the ball back; he was however booked late in the game for a tackle on Joe Allen.
Mousa Dembele – 7/10
Dembele did well in attack but even contributed really well to the defence also as he kept a watch on Arnautovic throughout the game.
Ben Davies – 6/10
The wing-back had a comfortable first half but he produced a couple of botched clearances in the second half and also gave the ball away needlessly a couple of times. However, did put in a great tackle to stop Arnautovic from scoring.
Christian Eriksen – 9/10
The Dane was unlucky not to get on the score sheet but he was on fire with his deliveries and movement. He was great in the attack for Tottenham and probably was the second best player after Kane.
Dele Alli – 8/10
Alli made up for his horror showing against Gent thanks to some great running and flicks in the first half which was rewarded with a goal set up by Harry Kane.
Harry Kane – 10/10
Kane got Spurs off to a flyer with a neat finish for his first of the night. The Englishman was incredible during the game and added a second via a brilliant volley from a corner of Eriksen. Kane wasn’t done then, as he scored his hat-trick from a deflected free kick and then set up Alli for the fourth of the game.
Kevin Wimmer – 6/10
Wimmer was brought on just a couple of minutes after the start of the second half to replace the injured Alderweireld. The Austrian was booked for a poor challenge in the second half.
Harry Winks – 6/10
Winks had a great chance to get on the score sheet in the 70th minute but his shot was deflected out for a corner.
Heung-min Son – NA
Came on for the incredible Kane with just five minutes left in the game.
Wanyama and Trippier to start: Predicted Tottenham XI to face Brighton & Hove Albion
Tottenham return to Premier League action after a poor Champions League opener. Losing to Inter Milan in the last seconds of the game was a big blow to a side that had already been defeated twice this season.
Spurs dominated the game against Inter but were left to rue a few missed chances. Harry Kane looked tired while some of the other players should have done better.
Tottenham are already six points behind the leaders in the Premier League and have to get back to winning ways. However, facing Brighton away from home will not be easy.
Spurs have some decisions to make regarding their starting XI and here is our predicted team to face Brighton.
Predicted Tottenham XI
Manager: Mauricio Pochettino
Michel Vorm (GK)
Vorm has struggled in recent games but he should keep his place, given that he didn’t make major mistakes in the 2-1 loss at Inter.
Danny Rose (LB)
The Englishman received a few minutes at San Siro but should start in place of Ben Davies as our left-back.
Toby Alderweireld (CB)
Alderweireld wasn’t taken to Milan and should start in a back four against Brighton.
Jan Vertonghen (CB)
Vertonghen is one of the best defenders in the league and should start this game. The Belgian has to put up a great showing as we must aim to keep a clean sheet.
Kieran Trippier (RB)
Another player who did not travel to Milan, Trippier must play against the Seagulls.
Victor Wanyama (CM)
We need more steel in the midfield and Wanyama has to start in place of Eric Dier, who has struggled in the last three games.
Christian Eriksen (CM)
Eriksen got the only goal for us against Inter and his passing could be key to unlocking the Brighton defence.
Mousa Dembele (CM)
Dembele should be the third player in our midfield as we must control the middle of the park.
Son Heung-min (RW)
We could see Son play a more attacking role in the team and support Kane from the right-wing.
Lucas Moura (LW)
Moura’s form has deserted him since the win over Manchester United but we could see the Brazilian starting out-wide.
Harry Kane (ST)
We don’t have a lot of options up front and Kane must be started.
Tottenham deny reports claiming stadium will be ready only by 2019
Construction News reported that the stadium would be complete only by the first week of January. The report quoted an insider claiming that Spurs could play their home games at other grounds for the rest of the season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, however, a Tottenham spokesperson said:
“We have always said that we would issue updates for test events and official opening as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors’ ability to deliver against the revised scheduled of works.
“This remains the case and speculating on unsupported dates such as this is irresponsible.”
Tottenham haven’t shared a date as to when our home will be ready. The delay in moving to our new stadium has been due to safety concerns. And we will play a number of our Premier League home fixtures at Wembley too.
The report adds that Wembley would be the venue for our Champions League group home games. The Carabao Cup game against Watford would be played at Stadium MK since Wembley is not available for that date.
Tottenham had earlier set 15th September as the inaugural date but we are no closer to knowing when our home will be ready.
“Don’t tweet for a few days”, “Now we know why he didn’t travel to Milan” – Some Spurs fans upset with birthday tweet
Tottenham have struggled in recent weeks and the loss against Inter Milan was the latest blow. Spurs were leading till the 85th minute before two blows from the Italians cost us three points.
A winning start to the Champions League would have been, great given that we didn’t travel with a couple of our stars.
Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier were left in London. The duo participated in our losses against Watford and Liverpool but didn’t travel due to a “technical decision,” as per Mauricio Pochettino.
The Spurs account tried to lift the mood by wishing the Englishman on his birthday but that didn’t go as planned.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 19, 2018
A few Tottenham supporters were upset with the recent results and let rip on Twitter. Trippier has had a fantastic six months or so, especially during the World Cup, but that didn’t stop some fans from having a go.
You’ll probably stop him from celebrating his birthday for technical reasons
— Tom Donnison (@TomDonnison) September 19, 2018
Not now pls pic.twitter.com/0hIDJSvsxP
— iAmBraKofi (@kofitaddo) September 19, 2018
Don’t tweet for a few days, still angry at you
— Lucas (@LucasCain5) September 19, 2018
Hope you got a cure for your technical issue
— Simmo L (@thfc1983) September 19, 2018
Yes “technically “ 😉
— mark nelson (@marknels67) September 19, 2018
That’s why they left him at home, had a party organised
— Gareth McCarter (@g2mcc) September 19, 2018
Ah now we know why he didn’t travel to Milan, sounds like he didn’t wanna miss his birthday cake 🎂
— Conor Terry (@ConorTerry1) September 19, 2018
Yesterday’s loss to Inter Milan was just the perfect Birthday gift for him.
— Sir Nelson Charles™ 🇳🇬 ✈ 🇬🇧 (@LordNelson92) September 19, 2018
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