Tottenham won their ninth consecutive Premier League game at home and kept up their charge for an unlikely Premier League title. Spurs were brilliant against Everton and took the lead through Harry Kane in the 20th minute before scoring again and seemingly leading the side to another comfortable win.
Everton, however, scored via Romelu Lukaku in the 81st minute before a frantic finish saw Dele Alli score and Enner Valencia bag a goal too as the match ended 3-2 in favour of the home side.
The win was important as it cemented their place in the top four and Spurs do look set for another finish in the Champions League places.
The man of the match was Harry Kane, once again, but how did the rest of the Tottenham team fare?
Hugo Lloris – 6/10
Lloris didn’t really have much to do in the game and couldn’t really do much to stop the two goals that went in.
Eric Dier – 5.5/10
While Mauricio Pochettino prefers playing Dier as a centre-back, the Englishman isn’t always at his best and once again, he was the weakest defender from the lot and gave away the ball a number of times.
Toby Alderweireld – 7/10
Alderweireld was solid and did little wrong in the game. He might be upset that the side couldn’t keep a clean sheet but his defence did keep Lukaku in check for most of the game.
Jan Vertonghen – 6.5/10
The Belgian had a decent enough game till the last few minutes as his slip let in Lukaku and gave Everton a bit of a chance of getting something from the game.
Kyle Walker – 7/10
Walker is probably one of the best right-backs in the world but for once he was not allowed to dominate as he battled hard against Leighton Baines from the other end.
Victor Wanyama – 7/10
The former Southampton man was certainly combative in midfield but often gave the ball away due to poor passes and that would have worried a lot of Spurs fans. Wanyama did have a great shot cannon off the post too, which would have marked a great outing for him.
Mousa Dembele – 6.5/10
The Belgian too was a little poor in the game as he also gave away the ball a number of times and was replaced by Harry Winks in the second half.
Ben Davies – 6.5/10
The Welsh defender had a torrid time in recent weeks but now seems to be getting better. Davies wasn’t as big a threat as Walker but his performance will give Pochettino some respite as he looks to bring back Danny Rose to the team.
Christian Eriksen – 7/10
Eriksen did have a great chance to get on the score sheet but fluffed his chance. He was really good early on in the game but faded away as the minutes went by.
Dele Alli – 7/10
Alli did have a goal right at the end of the game but the youngster needs to do more throughout the 90 minutes. He still is young and has time to develop but he did have a hand to play in the second goal scored by the home side.
Harry Kane – 9/10
The Englishman surged to the top of the scorer’s sheet in the league with his brace. His first goal was shot from 20 yards out and the second featured a great run and finish. Kane could have scored more but he will be pleased with his performance.
Harry Winks – 7/10
Brought on in the last quarter of the game, Winks did have a telling touch as he provided the assist for Alli to score from a quickly taken free-kick.
Moussa Sissoko – NA
The former Newcastle man was booed by the away fans for snubbing them in the summer but nothing else to report from the midfielder.
Vincent Janssen – NA
The Dutch striker was brought on late in the game and didn’t have a lot of time to do much.
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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