During the week of April 15-21 Tottenham Hotspurs only had to worry about one match and that was home against 15th place side AFC Bournemouth. For Bournemouth, this is match is a tall order because of Tottenham’s tremendous form at home. So far this season, Tottenham Hotspurs have won 11 consecutive games at White Hart Lane and that number continues to rise. This game for Bournemouth is more than just 3 points. If Bournemouth somehow find a way to steal the game from the Spurs, they will most likely secure a spot in the 2017-2018 English Premier League season. For Tottenham, a win just gets them closer to league leaders Chelsea who are currently 7 points ahead of Pochettino men.
The match began with Tottenham enjoying the majority of possession, but not really getting anywhere with the ball because of Bournemouth’s compact defensive shape. As the first half continued, Tottenham started to get more comfortable in possession through movement off the ball and combination play. This then opened up Bournemouth’s compact defensive shape and Spurs took full advantage. In the 16th minute, Tottenham was given a corner kick by referee Michael Oliver. Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen hit a low driven ball towards center back Toby Alderweirld at the near post, but somehow the ball avoids everyone in the box before landing at the feet of Dembele at the far post, and the Tottenham midfielder makes no mistake when he smashes it into the back of the net. Tottenham’s attack didn’t stop there. In the 19th minute, a pass attempt by Bournemouth midfielder, Jack Wilshire was blocked into the path of Kane who flicked the ball onto Son, and the Spur’s winger showed a burst of pace to get away from the defender, and slotted the ball through the keeper’s leg and into the back of the net. The first half ended with Tottenham leading Bournemouth 2-0.
Not a lot changed during the second half of the match. Once again Tottenham controlled most of the play and it didn’t take long for them to find a third goal. In the 48th minute, Tottenham’s young star Dele Alli played a beauty of a pass into Harry Kane’s right foot, who made no mistake after turning the Bournemouth defender and slotting the ball left-footed into the bottom corner of the goal. As the second half progressed, Tottenham possessed most of the ball although Bournemouth did have their chances, Spur’s goalkeeper Lloris was never worried. As Tottenham continued to attack and attack the soon enough found their fourth goal of the game. In the 90+2nd minute, outside left-back Charlie Davies brilliantly picked out substitute Janssen at the near post with a low cross, and the forward calmly slots the ball pass the Bournemouth keeper from seven yards out.
The final score ended with Tottenham beating Bournemouth 4-0 at White Hart Lane. With this result Tottenham pushes closer to league leaders Chelsea as they continue their quest for the Premier League title.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Post Match Talk
Pochettino was delighted with his squad after their 4-0 win over Bournemouth. It was very important that Pochettino’s men continued their tremendous into this game and their games to come. During his post-match interview, Mauricio was very happy with the way his players performed throughout the 90 minutes. Before the game against Bournemouth, Pochettino asked for his players to stay well organized and work hard throughout the entire game. His team did exactly that. The Tottenham skipper also said that Spurs have shown great majority from last year when they were faced with the same situation. He then continues and says that if his team continues to work hard and put away goal scoring opportunities, they have a chance to win the Premier League. This being said, Tottenham would have to hope for league leaders Chelsea to drop of points in their remaining games of the season.
Tottenham U23 Coach Ugo Ehiogu Hospitalized After Collapsing at Training Ground
Former England defender, Ugo Ehiogu after enjoying a successful playing career at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough joined Tottenham’s U23 side as a coach in 2014. During a training session on April 20, 2017, Tottenham’s U23 coach Ugo Ehiogo collapsed suddenly on the sideline. Tottenham’s on site medical staff quickly treated him on the field as much as they could until the Ambulance arrived. Ugo Ehiogu is currently in stable condition and on the road to recovery. Tottenham as well as the previous clubs Ehiogo played for are all wishing him good health and a speedy recovery.