White Hart Lane
13/09/2020 4:30 pm
Referee: Martin Atkinson
After a disruptive and strange old summer, Tottenham Hotspur’s big Premier League kick off for 2020/21 came on Sunday afternoon as we welcomed Everton to White Hart Lane.
With a few arrivals already and some expected departures before the window closes, Spurs fans knew we’d unfortunately be without Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso for this game owing to injury, so manager Jose Mourinho’s starting XI wasn’t really a surprise.
It was a mixed start and very much training game-like and although the visitors had the better possession, we did look slightly more dangerous in the main. It almost went wrong 16 minutes in as a wayward ball completely exposed us at the back, but Richarlison managed to do almost everything right, except when it came to putting the ball into the back of an empty net.
Having somewhat got out of jail we seemed to step it up another gear and better pressured their goal, but unfortunately, Harry Kane couldn’t get the touch to convert Sonny’s ball in and the game opened up again.
A couple of chances either way, but Dele Alli had a golden opportunity to open the scoring, but Jordan Pickford pulled off a fine save. Just before the break, Pickford was again equal to a great chance for newbie Matt Doherty and you couldn’t help but think it was going to be one of those days.
Presumably, a tactical change, Mourinho was swift at the break bringing on Moussa Sissoko for Dele Alli and we were off again.
It was a bright start again and we were livelier but ten minutes after the restart Everton had the lead and our heads went – both boxes were our undoing despite the small positives that could be taken. It could’ve been 2-0 but Richarlison’s curling effort flashed wide and where Sissoko was supposed to be playing is still beyond me now.
Not the day many of us had hoped for and we can expect the annual ‘Kane isn’t fit’ talk from the press – however, there are again more questions than answers.
Welcome to 2020/21!