Tottenham Hotspur escaped with 3 points as a late Harry Kane goal helped them win against Crystal Palace in a hard-fought battle at Selhurst Park. The win takes us to 4th spot and we are 2 points ahead of Chelsea now, who lost to Manchester United earlier in the day.
As far as the match is concerned, Palace were pushing hard for a draw and they did dominate us on certain occasions. But ultimately, the quality of Mauricio Pochettino’s midfielders and Kane’s brilliance saved the day.
One of the many issues in this game was Serge Aurier’s performance. He took foul throws during the match and his ineffective display earned him the ire of a lot of fans. There were a lot of missed chances though and we even had an initial scare as Palace looked set to score from an early corner.
However, as the game wore on, our midfielders truly stepped up and helped maintain the pressure on the home side. Even Hugo Lloris put in a crucial performance as he kept Patrick Van Aanholt at bay, which in retrospect, could have cost us 3 points.
If Lloris was solid at one end of the pitch, Wayne Hennessey was quite a force to be reckoned with on the other side. He blocked quite a few efforts from Tottenham players, much to the delight of the Palace fans. The Eagles looked a lot more confident after the break but Spurs dominated possession throughout the game. However, the club’s frustration at being unable to score was evident enough and a lot of our players tried to break the deadlock only to fail.
That said, Kane stepped up and took responsibility once more for us as he smashed a brilliant goal in the dying minutes of the game to seal a victory at a time when the game looked set to end in a goalless draw. It is unfortunate for Palace since they fought so hard to put up a good show but Tottenham fans can get a good night’s sleep.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the win.
Aurier is having one of those games. His crossing has been poor, he's become the only player in Premier League history to take three foul throws in a game and he fluffed a big chance there by standing on the ball. On the plus side, he made a top tackle on Sorloth in the Spurs box
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) February 25, 2018
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 25, 2018
My thoughts on the Spurs game:
Aurier is a liability
Kane is a blessing
Aurier shouldn’t take throw-ins
Eriksen needs a rest
Alli needs to cut the diving out
Aurier can’t cross
— Yonny1975 (@Yonny1975) February 25, 2018
#thfc FT: 1-0 to Spurs. It wasn't pretty but it's job done and, after a couple of big misses, Kane is the hero with his late winner. Tottenham move up to 4th and can now see who drops points – Man United, Chelsea or both – this afternoon.
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) February 25, 2018
What a nice day this is . Spurs get last minute winner and the sun’s out. Would be unreasonable to ask for more . Wouldn’t it?
— Jah Wobble (@realjahwobble) February 25, 2018
Harry Kane’s worst game in a spurs shirt and he still scores the winning goal. Best striker in the world. Aurier on the other hand was fucking appalling. I always backed him but today he proved that Trippier should start ahead of him. Aurier, you’re a fucking joke
— JB 🏴 (@JblincoTHFC) February 25, 2018
Loads of Spurs fans tweeting 'Serge Aurier's shit' or equivalent like they've not watched the transformation of Danny Rose, Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier under Pochettino. Never underestimate the & whisperer. Aurier's arguably starting from a higher base level, bodes well.
— Chris Miller (@WindyCOYS) February 25, 2018
TRIPPIER IS MILES AHEAD OF THIS ABSOLUTE FOOL AND SOME SPURS FANS CAN’T SEE IT WHEREAS I’VE SAID IT FROM THE START.
— LP ✈️ (@Verttonghen) February 25, 2018
Juan Foyth names former Manchester United star as his idol while growing up
Juan Foyth scored the winner in Tottenham’s game against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The youngster has been drafted into the Spurs first-team due to the injuries to Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen.
Despite a lack of Premier League minutes, the Argentine did well against Wolverhampton Wanderers but he gave away a couple of penalties.
The youngster was much better in the game against the Eagles and recently claimed an ex-Premier League defender was his choice when playing with friends.
The 20-year-old was quoted by the Mirror as saying:
“My idol when I was young was Kaka, but playing with friends, I always played centre-back and I’d say, ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’. But I don’t know why.
“I was young, but I know he was an amazing centre-back. I’d play PlayStation and when I’d play with friends I’d say ‘I’m Rio Ferdinand’, but I don’t remember the games.”
The former Leeds United and Manchester United defender was one of the best during his playing days, and the Englishman won almost everything there is in club football.
Foyth has had a great start to his Premier League career with Tottenham, but the youngster has a long way to go before he can emulate the former defender.
For now, the former Estudiantes player’s stock is on the rise, and playing in the Premier League certainly is a big deal for the 20-year-old.
“Since when I was a kid, my dream was playing in the Premier League, so I’m enjoying it.”
Tottenham head into the international break with a spot firmly placed in the top four. Our next game is a huge clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and it will be interesting to see who plays in our defence on 24 November.
Tottenham set to receive transfer blow as Juventus steals a march for 19-year-old rising star
Tottenham face a huge task in signing Matthijs de Ligt as Juventus want Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, to discuss a possible transfer with the club director Fabio Paratici, according to Calciomercato (h/t Football.london).
De Ligt is one of the highest rated players current in Ajax and has been linked with Tottenham, as per the report.
Manchester City and Barcelona are also interested in the 19-year-old. The Italian report adds that De Ligt has accepted an invitation from the Serie A giants to visit the club too.
Tottenham could count on their relationship with Ajax regarding players signed in recent years. Christian Eriksen, Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen all joined Spurs from the Dutch giants, while Toby Alderweireld is a former Ajax player too.
Of course, it would be difficult to get into a bidding war with the two European giants. However, playing under one of the brightest managers in football could have its own benefits for a player like De Ligt.
Juan Foyth and Sanchez have gotten better under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Hopefully, this factor and playing in possibly the toughest league in the world can sway De Ligt’s transfer to our direction.
“It is strange that Daniel asked for details like this” – Mauricio Pochettino surprised about his inputs for new stadium
Spurs expected to play at the new ground in September, however, the stadium has been hit by many delays and we are unsure when it will be ready for use.
Pochettino has seen Spurs start the Premier League season well and we are five points behind leaders Manchester City after 12 games.
The Argentine was quoted by the Mirror about Levy asking him for some inputs related to the stadium:
“It is strange that Daniel asked for some details like this because he is the architect and he loves this kind of thing.
“But yes, he asked, because we are the professionals and afterwards we are going to be using those different things at the stadium.”
Spurs were recently given clearance to play at Wembley till the end of the current campaign, should the stadium not be ready before the 2019-20 season, as per the Mirror.
We played all our home games at Wembley last season, and the new stadium certainly is taking much longer than expected to be completed.
Tottenham will have one of the best grounds in football once our new home is ready. Hopefully, Pochettino can lead us to a few titles once the venue is open.