Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland : Premier League match review. 18th of September 2016

Harry Kane’s second goal in his second successive game saw Tottenham grab all three points at the lane today.   After a dominant performance, the Tottenham boys could have scored many more than just the one Harry Kane tap in.  After a first half that saw Tottenham have 19 shots and dominate with 72% possession.  Worryingly however, Eric Dier appeared to walk off with some form of hamstring injury, Mousa Dembélé and Harry Kane also came off with partial injury scares.

In a typically goalless first half for Tottenham, Pochettino’s half time team talk was able to inspire the players to continue play at a high tempo which as expected was controlled by the human metronome of Mousa Dembélé who put in a typically impressive shift.  Adnan Januzaj was shown a second yellow just before the 90 minute mark and will miss Sunderland’s next game versus an inform Crystal Palace.  Alan Pardew’s men managed to smash Stoke 4-1 at home with ex-Spurs boy Andros Townsend bagging a goal.

However Spurs will go on to face Middlesborough next saturday and will possibly have Danny Rose back, but may be without Eric Dier, Mousa Dembélé and/or Harry Kane which will presumably see Pochettino rotate players again to account for injuries.  Pochettino’s lineup saw a surprising amount of rotation with Hugo Lloris, start as goalkeeper and captain, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld and surprisingly Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen move out of their regular positions with Dier starting at centre back and Vertonghen at Left Back.  Returning Mousa Dembélé partnered Victor Wanyama in defensive midfield.  Moussa Sissoko made his full start at right wing, Dele started in the hole with inform Heung-Min Son srarting on the left wing, leaving Harry Kane as the lone striker.  Heung-Min Son was named todays man of the match.

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