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As expected, the knives were out for Serge Aurier minutes after Tottenham Hotspur blew a three-goal lead at home to West Ham United on Sunday to draw 3-3 in frankly unexpected fashion.
Jose Mourinho’s team had raced into a 3-0 lead by the 16-minute mark, carried that seemingly unassailable advantage into half-time and would have made it four had Harry Kane’s 79th-minute left-footed shot from range been a few inches inside the post.
When the Englishman’s effort clipped the post and went wide, nobody would’ve thought the events of the next 12 minutes were possible. However, as Mourinho rightly put it, 'football happened'. West Ham pulled one back in the 82nd minute, halved the deficit three minutes later, before a Manuel Lanzini cracker at the death saw the Hammers claw back Spurs’ 3-0 half-time advantage.
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© Supplied by Sports.fr Moussa Dembélé Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay were not the only Lyon stars to be coveted in the home stretch of the summer transfer window. The Olympique Lyonnais has had a particularly turbulent summer. Deprived of the European Cup, OL in particular let a large number of players leave, including Rafael, Marçal, Tete, Traoré, Reine-Adelaide and Andersen.
As is often the case for collapses of this magnitude, the immediate finger-pointing commenced after the final whistle, with Aurier bearing much of the brunt for Spurs late concession for Lanzini’s piledriver. Admittedly, the right-back got too tight to Robert Snodgrass in the 93rd minute and the Scot went down despite little contact from the Ivory Coast defender.
However, Aaron Cresswell’s resulting free-kick was partially cleared by Kane — who headed Cresswell’s dangerous delivery to the edge of the box — before Harry Winks inadvertently set up the Argentine’s stunning effort with another imperfect clearance.
Still, Aurier was wholly blamed for the equalizer even though two of his teammates could have done better in those final moments.
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No not at all you should have been buried but when you have airier keep giving freekicks away then your in trouble but I would still have my team than yours— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4)
“No, not at all you should have been buried but when you have Aurier keep giving free-kicks away then you are in trouble but I would still have my team than yours,” former Spurs defender Graham Roberts tweeted in response to a light-hearted joke on social media.
Given the target Aurier usually has on his back, there was no surprise the wide defender was made the scapegoat in the aftermath of the 3-3 result in North London.
This was in spite of his relatively good showing on the day, despite his lack of direct involvement in any of the home side’s three strikes.
The full-back’s passing often carried the side higher up the pitch, evidenced by his four progressive passes — behind only Kane and Heung-min Son — while he was one of the four players to direct a pass into the penalty area throughout 90 minutes. Indeed, that resulted in a clear-cut chance for Son, one of the three Mourinho’s men fashioned out in gameweek five.
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Even though he committed four fouls, the highest on the Spurs team, Aurier made 11 recoveries — only outdone by Davidson Sanchez’s 14 and Sergio Reguillon’s 11 — applied pressure on the opponent in possession more times than any other teammate while the right-back blocked six passes from reaching its intended target, again more than his colleagues.
Unsurprisingly, though, the narrative that he cost the team by another error of judgement in committing a cheap foul will stick given his rap sheet and, frankly, because that’s easy and downright lazy.
In the grand scheme of things, the final score immediately made hasty in-game proclamations of Tottenham’s title credentials seem premature and ridiculous. Observers tipping Mourinho for his fourth Premier League title and Spurs’ first were quickly drowned out by the schadenfreude that ensued in the wake of the wildly exiting finish in the capital.
While it’s easy to backtrack and recant on those predictions made excitedly, those assumptions would have stuck had the hosts held on for a win their performance deserved. In truth, the xG,, told a different story of a closely-fought game as two of home team’s goals came from low-percentage shots.
Bale on the bench against West Ham
© Supplied by Sports.fr BALE After an international break spent to refine his comeback following a knee injury, Gareth Bale returns to competition in the Premier League. He could come into play this Sunday against West Ham in this London derby. José Mourinho has decided. The Tottenham manager placed Gareth Bale on the bench on Sunday for West Ham's reception and on Matchday 5 of the Premier League.
Be that as it may, Spurs looked in total control following the bright start from Son and Kane, whose dexterity helped the hosts to a 2-0 lead inside eight minutes before the Englishman netted their third in the 16th minute from the first big chance they’d created.
The aforementioned pair’s impact in the opening weeks of 2020/21 has seen Mourinho’s charges top the scoring charts with 15 goals so far, from their Expected Goals of 11.37. This outperformance is the fourth-highest in the top flight, indicating that the pair’s form and especially fitness will be key to whatever the North London side seek to achieve this term.
Indeed, a return to the Champions League was the pre-season objective, yet, the craziness in the early weeks of the campaign, as seen in Liverpool’s 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa, Manchester City’s poor start and glorious performances from Everton, Villa and Leeds United suggest a repeat of Leicester City’s 2015/16 campaign could be in the offing.
While the Toffees, Villans and Leeds may drop down the table as the season progresses, owing to their relative short squad depth, Tottenham may take advantage if Jurgen Klopp’s side are inconsistent and suffer from Virgil van Dijk’s season-ending injury.
Tottenham, Leicester and Milan provide
© Supplied by Sports.fr Son Heung-Min Tottenham Aston Villa Like Arsenal, who fell earlier in the evening of Rapid Vienna (1-2), the English clubs engaged this Thursday evening in the Europa League have done what is necessary. In this first round of the group stage, Tottenham outscored Linz thanks to Lucas, a csc from Andrade and a goal from Son (3-0). Same punishment inflicted by Leicester on Zorya Louhansk, on achievements of Maddison, Barnes and Iheanacho.
Chelsea, in spite of their attacking strength, still seem to suffer defensively and appear naive in-game under the inexperienced Frank Lampard, Arsenal appear short in a creative sense and Manchester United are often Jekyll and Hyde.
While the defence may still be a slight worry for Mourinho, the Portuguese manager has quietly built a really formidable squad in North London, capable of lasting the rigours of a tough season, although a title push will definitely be contingent on Kane staying fit and Son continuing to fire for majority of what’s left this season.
Aurier staying despite Matt Doherty’s arrival has given the two-time Champions League winner quality options in that position, despite calls for the Ivorian to be sold after the Irishman was acquired from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Mourinho resisted the urge to sell, and with the necessary depth in his squad, the 57-year-old will quietly love Tottenham’s underdog status as they look to capitalise on their rivals decline or uncertainty to win an unprecedented Prem crown against all odds.
Relief, happiness as Bale is Tottenham's match-winner again .
LONDON — Gareth Bale soared into the air, connected with the ball and powered it into the net. It's taken more than seven years but Bale was Tottenham's match-winner again. And it had only required three minutes on the field for the substitute to clinch a 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday. “A bit of relief and a lot of happiness,” Bale said after being set up by Sergio Reguilon, who also switched from Real Madrid in September. “It's anIt's taken more than seven years but Bale was Tottenham's match-winner again. And it had only required three minutes on the field for the substitute to clinch a 2-1 victory over Brighton on Sunday.