This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Tottenham Hotspur were able to get their Premier League campaign back on track yesterday with an impressive 3-0 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s thrilling Leeds United. Today, we’ll go over a few things we’ve learned about both teams after the game.
Spurs finally turn it up
Many Tottenham fans have been frustrated by the type of football the first team is playing with José Mourinho. Those complaints are completely valid and must be acknowledged, but yesterday, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min decided to take matters into their own hands. They work so well with each other and as long as they are in a position to continue to provide fans with these moments of glory, the calls will continue for Mourinho to be confident in his attacking options. Sure, they can get good wins every now and then, but many believe it’s better to go for the throat.
The Bielsa roller coaster
Marcelo Bielsa has shown himself and the critics that Leeds United can thrive in the Premier League, but he has also shown that there are clear and obvious defensive problems within their ranks. No one really knows whether or not that’s going to change in the January transfer window, but if you’re a Leeds fan, you need to prepare for an inconsistent season. If they can stabilize the boat, then maybe that trend can change, but they will first have to make sure they avoid the decline, which is easier said than done.
Right now Tottenham are priced as the fourth seed to win the Premier League this season on 12/1 with 888sport. It’s probably more realistic to think that they finish in the top three or four and to be honest that’s fine. As a club, the Spurs have come close to glory only to come up short, and it should be clear that there is a very real possibility that it will happen again this time. Liverpool and Manchester City are brilliant teams and are bound to play between now and May, while Tottenham need to think long term.
Tottenham: Lloris (7.5), Davies (7.5), Dier (8), Alderweireld (8), Doherty (5.5), Hojbjerg (8.5), Winks (7), Son (8.5), Ndombele (7.5), Bergwijn (7), Kane (9), Sissoko (6), Vinicius (6.5), Moura (6)
Leeds: Meslier (6.5), Dallas (6), Ayling (6), Struijk (6.5), Alioski (5.5), Phillips (7), Raphinha (6.5), Rodrigo (6), Klich ( 6), Harrison (6), Bamford (6.5), Poveda-Ocampo (6), Shackleton (6.5), Hernández (6.5)
Referee: David coote
Goals: Kane Jr., Alderweireld
Yellow cards: Doherty x2, winks, Hojbjerg, Phillips
Red cards: Doherty