Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Burnley
SPURS swiftly returned to winning ways as Burnley were brushed aside with remarkable ease in what was a hugely one-sided Premier League encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Spurs had tasted defeat under Jose Mourinho’s tenure for the first time during the week – perhaps, Manchester United’s victory telling the new chief more about his charges than he had witnessed during his honeymoon period.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese fully expected his side to be ‘back on it’ against a Burnley side that has always provided a tough examination: “I want to expect a team that wants to go back to victories, a team that wants to go, step by step, to improve the position in the table,” Mourinho explained.
“Where we are is not where we want to be and I’m 100 per cent sure that it’s not going to be the position where we are going to end the season, but we need to get points which we did – six in two matches – but then, of course, after a defeat you have to try to go back to victories.”
And Mourinho didn’t have to wait too long for an emphatic response. Harry Kane – who else? – let fly from fully 25-yards – Mick Pope in the Clarets goal was left clutching thin air.
Spurs already had the bit between their teeth and it was very swiftly 2-0. Kane’s effort was blocked by Pope, Dele nodded on and Lucas Moura prodded home at the far post. It had all been too easy.
Indeed, if it had been a boxing match, the Burnley corner would have seriously considered throwing in the towel. Moussa Sissoko hit the woodwork after Heung-Min Son had played him in. But Sean Dyche’s men are made of sterner stuff- Robbie Brady a whisker away from reducing the arrears, nodding against an upright after Dwight McNeilhad picked him out from the left, then Paulo Gazzaniga held on to another headed attempt from Jay Rodriguez.
But Spurs were rampant. Son picked the ball up just outside his own penalty area, took on the Burnley backline single-handedly, before neatly dispatching past the advancing Pope. Three for Spurs and the place was absolutely rocking!
Spurs started the second period as they had finished the first. Kane’s right boot sent a fourth rocketing high into the Clarets net as the Lilywhites simply refused to take their foot off the proverbial pedal.
The appearance of Aaron Lennon as a second-half substitute for the Clarets brought about warm applause from the Spurs crowd for their former player. But the cheer was a lot louder a few minutes later when Sissoko exchanged passes with Kane before neatly adding a fifth.
Spurs now turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League, facing Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, December 8 (8pm). The Lilywhites return to Premier League action on Sunday 15 when they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux (2pm).
Tottenham Hotspur: Paulo Gazzaniga, Serge Aurier (Oliver Skipp 80’), Davinson Sánchez, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko, Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli (Troy Parrott 85’), Lucas Moura (Ryan Sessegnon 75’), Harry Kane Subs not used: Danny Rose, Giovani Lo Celso, Christian Eriksen, Alfie Whiteman (GK)
Booked: Eric Dier (foul)
Goals: Harry Kane 4’, 52’ Lucas Moura 9’, Heung-Min Son 32’, Moussa Sissoko 75’
Burnley: Nick Pope, Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Pieters, Robbie Brady (Aaron Lennon 71’), Jeff Hendrick, Jack Cork, Dwight McNeil, Jay Rodriguez, Chris Wood (Matej Vydra 65’) Subs not used: Danny Drinkwater, Ben Gibson, Joe Hart (GK), Mace Goodridge, Anthony Driscoll-Glennon
Booked: Matthew Lowton (foul)
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Adrian Holmes and Mark Scholes
Fourth Official: Robert Jones
Reaction to follow….