Spurs 4-0 Stoke: (match report)
Tottenham Hotspur produced yet another stunning performance as they defeated Stoke city in spectacular fashion winning four nil on the night, meaning that the Lillywhites have now cut Leicester’s lead at the top to just five points. Mauricio Pochettino’s men started with a flourish to their game as they attacked with great passion from the offing, with top scorer Harry Kane coming close seven minutes in. Kane went for goal from inside the box after controlling the ball with a fine touch, Kane unleashed a shot which Stoke city goalkeeper Shay Given held well. A mere two minutes after his first chance Harry Kane had another, and this time he was deadly breaking the deadlock with just nine minutes gone. After receiving a pass from Dembele Kane broke the deadlock with a wonderful solo effort, as from just outside the Stoke area Kane curled the ball wonderfully beyond the helpless Given, into the bottom right hand corner of the net, to give the Lillywhites an early lead. In the half hour that followed Kane’s opener, Spurs played tremendous attacking football with a panache about their game as they fluently moved the ball about, frightening the Stoke eleven.
Christian Eriksen came desperately close to doubling Spur’s lead just before half time, after Eriksen latched on to a wonderful through ball by Dele Alli, the Dane one on one with Given fired an effort which hit the upright, as the score somehow stayed only one nil to Spurs at the interval. Spurs started the second half with the same attacking flare and hunger in which they had demonstrated in the first and Erik Lamela came close to scoring just before the hour mark. The Argentine from an almost improbable angle inside the box fired an effort at goal, which was thwarted well by the experienced Given. Ten minutes after Lamela’s chance Spurs took the lead in scintillating fashion after Eriksen hit a defence splitting pass through to Dele Alli who had the goal at his mercy, and the 20 year old put a delightful chip over Given to double Spurs’s lead. Alli so nearly scored a brace minutes afterwards as the skilful Alli found his way through the defence before rounding Given. However, with the goal gaping at his mercy the young Alli miscued his effort which devastatingly clipped the outside of the post, before heading out of play. Although Spurs again were only looking forward to extending their lead and less than a minute later Spurs got their third through Harry Kane.
The ever threatening Kane slotted the ball home from close range after being played through from Lamela on the Tottenham break. Things got even better for Spurs a little over ten minutes after Harry Kane netted his 24th league goal of the season, as Dele Alli scored a brace after being found by a perfectly weighted chipped pass by Eriksen in the box, the highly skilful Alli scored a wonderful first time volley which nestled perfectly in the bottom right hand corner of Stoke’s net. Erik Lamela almost capped of an outstanding individual performance with a goal in stoppage time after he found his way through the potters defence, the Argentine sent his effort narrowly over the crossbar. Full time at the Britannia, Spurs 4-0 Stoke a game in which Spurs played total football as they remarkably thrashed Stoke with an almost poetic quality to their game, as they look to do the unthinkable and topple the foxes at the top of the table with just four games remaining. COYS⚽️
Additional notes: Spurs included the whole team as an option to vote for on their poll on Twitter and it was a fitting tribute to an exceptional team performance, every single player played remarkably. The tenacious defensive pairing of Alderweireld and Vertonghen proved remarkably efficient in stopping the menacing Arnautović, whilst the two full backs were equally remarkable as they defensively and offensively surged the flanks. Erik Lamela again produced another world class display his creativity and knowledge of the game proved to be an imperative part of Spurs’s victory, with the Argentinian winger almost getting an assist on the night. Christian Eriksen also had another fantastic match as the Spurs star was relentless on the right wing with his excellent passes the Dane accumulated two assists to take his league tally to 13 assists in the current campaign. Another star who was unlucky not to bag a hat-trick was Dele Alli who exhibited his extraordinary maturity with an excellent display, the attacking midfielder scored two goals on the night taking him to double figures in the league. Finally Harry Kane proved yet again why he is the best striker in England as he put in an exceptionally rounded display as he scored a brace taking his league tally to an outstanding 24 league goals.
Spurs (4-2-3-1): Lloris (c); Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dembele (Mason 87), Dier; Lamela (Son 90), Eriksen, Alli (Chadli 84); Kane. Substitutes (not used): Vorm, Davies, Trippier, Wimmer.
Goals: Spurs – Kane 9, 71, Alli 67, 82.