During the week of April 29th – May 5th, Tottenham Hotspurs only had to worry about one match. This match wasn’t an ordinary match; this match was against the 6st place team, North London rivals Arsenal F.C. Each team needs to ear 3 points in order to overcome… (I don’t know about the info in these leagues just change the beginning of this sentence to what I have in red and add the end of what you have). Earning 3 points is vital for both sides because Spurs are still trying to overcome league leaders Chelsea F.C. and Arsenal are currently fighting for next year’s Champions League spot. For Arsenal, 3 points against Tottenham is a big ask considering the great form Spurs have been in at home this campaign. So far this season, Tottenham have won 12 consecutive games at White Hart Lane and that number continues to rise as Spurs have one more home match left this season. Although 3 points for both sides is important, this notorious rivalry between these two clubs means a lot more to the fans and the players. This match is about bragging rights, it’s about glory, it’s about solidifying yourself as the best football club in North London, and both clubs plan on coming out on top.
The match began with Tottenham playing more compact defensively and looking to counter when winning possession. Arsenal started off the match looking to get 3 points with a wide spread attacking approach. As the first half continued, Tottenham started to get more comfortable with the ball and started creating chances towards Arsenal’s goal. The Tottenham players started to exploit the gaps left in Arsenal’s midfield after winning the ball. As the game started opening up, it wasn’t long until the match had its first goal scoring opportunity. Tottenham’s main goal scoring chance came in the 26th minute when Spur’s left winger Son, easily beat Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain deep down the left-side of the pitch before cutting inside and unleashing a shot. Son’s shot deflected off the fully extended foot of Arsenal’s center back Laurent Koscienly and over to Eriksen, who volleyed the ball first time over the Arsenal’s goal. As the first half continued, both teams have had their fair share of possession but no team have been able to break the deadlock. The last moment of magic occurred in the 38th minute when Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, found space in Tottenham’s midfield through intricate attacking play and released a shot 25-yards out, but Spur’s goalie Hugo Lloris is there to tip it around the post. The first half ended 0-0 between the two North London rivals.
The second half began with high pressure attacking from both Arsenal and Tottenham. It didn’t take long for Tottenham to capitalize on their 2nd half chances. In the 55th minute, Alli who was on the attack for Tottenham, twisted and turned inside the Arsenal’s 18-yard box before setting up teammate Erikson for a shot. Erikson’s shot is well saved by Cech but bounced out to Alli who continued his run in the box and shot the follow-up into the back of the net. Not soon after Alli’s goal did referee Michael Oliver award a penalty for Tottenham when Arsenal defender Gabriel stuck a foot out in the box and tripped striker Harry Kane. In the 58th minute, Harry Kane stepped up to the penalty spot and coolly slotted the ball past Cech giving the Tottenham a 2-0 lead. As the game continued, it was all Tottenham. The spurs found themselves controlling most of the possession as well as the tempo of the game leaving Arsenal with nearly nothing.
The final scored ended with Tottenham beating Arsenal 2-0 at White Hart Lane. This match for Tottenham as club, player, and fan is considered one of their most important victories this season because since Tottenham will be playing at Wembley Stadium next year in the wait for their new stadium, that was the last North London Derby at White Hart Lane. Not only did Tottenham win the last North London Derby at White Hart Lane, this was the first time in 22 years.
Mauricio Pochettino Post Match Talk
Pochettino was delighted to award fans with an “emotional” 2-0 win over Arsenal in the battle of North London. During the interview Pochettino expressed great joy for the players as well as fans stating, “It was a fantastic afternoon, I’m very happy for the players and the fans. To win against Arsenal in the last derby day at White Hart Lane, it was emotional for everyone.” Pochettino then thanked the supporters for all they do at the club by stating, “We tried to pay back the supporters back for the energy they gave us. But the most important thing was to keep the gap with Chelsea.” He then continued on and said, “We have to keep focusing on our game and now we can say that we are more mature than last season. Today was another chance to learn and improve.” Mauricio Pochettino’s men did exactly what he asked for in the game against Arsenal. They stayed compact defensively and quickly countered Arsenal’s shaky defense.
Tottenham Hotspur Disability Centre of Excellence
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is celebrating a decade of creating opportunities that changes lives in the North London community. The Tottenham Hotspur Disabilities Centre of Excellence is funded through the club and partnership with Barnet and Southgate College. The center provides specialist education facilities dedicated to the specific needs of students with complex learning and physical disabilities. The staff provides education, sport sessions, bespoke, and enterprise programs to numerous organizations and schools around North London. The weekly sessions with the specialist make a huge difference in these young men and women lives as they struggle every day with disabilities.