Fulltime Thoughts - With Europe beckoning, Everton have bottled it again when it matters. Both teams were quite poor, but Spurs showed just that little bit more quality and got what mattered the most, the goal. Disappointing that from the Blues.
FT: #PremierLeague #THFC 1 (0.64 xG)#EFC 0 (0.50 xG)— Infogol (@InfogolApp) July 6, 2020
A lack of intensity from both sides in the second half. Big three points for Tottenham, although not pretty at times. #TOTEVE shot map ➡️ https://t.co/XhLu01nkL3 pic.twitter.com/z2rh6cKHJH
90+5’ - Pickford hoof upfront comes to Richarlison, he finds Sidibe but his volley is poor and wide. And there’s the whistle, disappointing that.
90+3’ - Spurs are relaxing now holding the ball in the Everton half. Blues, like for most of the game, have few ideas.
90’ - Now Gordon slaloms through the middle, lays it off for Kean who dances about and then fires it, but it’s tamely at Lloris.
It’ll be four plus minutes added on.
88’ - Good counter by the Blues and it ends as the ref fails to spot Gordon yanked down. Bernard eventually gets a cross in and it’s cleared for a corner.
Digne curls it in, cleared and falls to Gordon outside the box, he snatches at it and it goes over.
85’ - Sidibe not looking all here is he? Slipped and fell as Kane twisted and turned, and then lets the ball run out under his foot for a Spurs throw.
Lamela running around too freely in the middle and Gomes collects a booking for ending his journey.
80’ - Digne brings down Aurier who curls in a freekick, cleared and then Davies fires his shot way over.
Now Richarlison is brought down by Sissoko, Blues freekick on the left. Gordon into the box, DCL’s aerial backheel is on target, but straight at Lloris.
76’ - Gordon and Richarlison combine to steal the ball from Ben Davies, who yanks back the Brazilian and is given a caution for his troubles.
Double sub for the Blues now, Moise Kean and Djibril Sidibe on, Davies and Coleman go off.
72’ - Davies now brings down Coleman in a dangerous area. Digne will take this, cleared and Moura brings down Davies just outside the box. Really dangerous area.
Digne and Bernard stand over it.. Bernard takes it low, trying to get under the wall and it’s blocked. Comes to Davies and his shot is blocked for a corner.
Digne takes, it’s cleared well, out for a throw in. Digne takes (he’s everywhere!), and it’s cleared.
66’ - Gordon wins a freekick deep down the right, Digne curls it into the box and Spurs win a freekick defending that in their own box.
Bernard comes on for Sigurdsson now.
65’ - Spurs attack and the ball comes to Son who curls a shot from the left, well wide.
Ball comes to Son again, and this time his shot is on goal but Pickford saves well.
62’ - Really not much to write home about here. Neither side really showing much initiative in possession, Spurs probably have a tad bit more quality on the pitch than the Blues, but that’s about it really.
55’ - DCL & Richarlison combine to find Coleman in the box, but his cross is cleared. Not accurate enough that ball.
Now DCL finds himself in space on the right and his cross whipped in is too close to Lloris as Richarlison looks interested.
53’ - Mina fails to deal with a high ball that allows Son to nip in front of him, fires in on goal and Pickford saves low, cleared away by the defence. Mina & Keane not looking as composed as Holgate & Keane.
51’ - Pressure from Gordon causes a mistake that allows DCL to fire off a shot but it’s blocked. Better intensity from the Blues.
50’ - First shot on goal! Gordon strides forward and shoots, low and straight at Lloris though.
48’ - Sissoko now catches Richarlison as he looks to break. Fourth Spurs player to have cut him down.
46’ - Change for the Blues, Anthony Gordon is now on for Iwobi. Davies and Gomes now central, Gordon left and Gylfi right.
Halftime Thoughts - Bit of a sleepy game this with some aggression and moments of pressure thrown in. I’m probably biased but I wouldn’t say the Blues deserve to be behind here, but have shown precious little with the ball.
HT: #PremierLeague #THFC 0 (0.43 xG)#EFC 0 (0.06 xG)— Infogol (@InfogolApp) July 6, 2020
Not much action to report on from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with La Celso’s deflected effort the difference at half time (Michael Keane OG). #TOTEVE shot map ➡️ https://t.co/XhLu01nkL3 pic.twitter.com/PkS0Q3s5ga
45+5’ - Mina now steps up with the ball in the middle, and finds Richarlison, who can run at Dier who backed off him allowing the Brazilian to let off a shot that goes just wide of the far post. Last action of the half that, Blues down 1-0.
Some drama as Lloris and Son get into a bit of a shouting match with teammates physically separating them. Sounds like the captain was unimpressed by his workrate.
Dramatic scenes from London as Hugo Lloris is clearly upset with Son at halftime.— #MyPLSummer (@NBCSportsSoccer) July 6, 2020
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Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min have to be separated by their teammates as they make their way off the pitch at half-time!
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45+2’ - Digne fouls Aurier as another attack comes to an end.
45’ - An errant Everton pass when in a promising position ends the attack, and Digne cuts down Aurier. There will be five plus minutes added on.
43’ - Spurs not attack and Moura runs past Digne at first, but the Frenchman recovers to block well, out for a corner.
Davies is fouled in the middle and he’s unimpressed by England captain Kane, shoving him out of the way.
39’ - Sigurdsson cross into the box is cleared by Toby Alderweireld for a corner. Deep ball and Sissoko holds off DCL’s cushioned header, Lloris parries it out for another corner.
Digne to take.. cleared and falls to Gomes whose volley is mishit.
36’ - Everton do seem a bit deflated since the goal, with Spurs moving more confidently. Now Gomes brings down Son outside the box in the same spot Dier had just gone over from.
Holgate is leaving the pitch, Mina comes on. Kane takes the freekick this time, off the wall and out for a corner. Shot blocked, another corner.
Well cleared this time.
33’ - Holgate is back on and going to the box for a corner won by Coleman. Digne to curl it inwards, cleared for another corner.
Swung into the same spot again, this time Lloris can gather comfortably.
30’ - This is not good. Holgate looked to have hurt himself in that challenge, and is down holding his right knee. He doesn’t look too happy at all, and Yerry Mina is warming up.
28’ - A good Coleman run comes to nothing and now Spurs counter at pace. Kane finds Lo Celso on the left and Holgate goes sliding in, ending him. Yellow card for his troubles.
Dies to take from Pickford’s right, curled over the wall and just over the bar, the goalie did have it covered.
24’ - Tragedy. Spurs have the ball in the goal and it’s gone in off Michael Keane. Son had run into the box, Harry Kane’s shot blocked well, ball fell to Lo Celso and his shot is going wide (or is at least covered by the diving Pickford), but it hits an unaware Keane and goes in. 1-0 to the hosts, and it’s counted as an own goal.
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Giovani Lo Celso's strike deflects in off Michael Keane to leave Jordan Pickford wrong-footed and Spurs are in front!
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21’ - First shot of meaning from either side is a long-ranger from Lucas Moura, close to Jordan Pickford’s right post.
A long ball from Gomes into space and Iwobi is haring off to it, Hugo Lloris steps out of his box to head clear.
19’ - Balanced game so far, neither side having created any clearcut chances really.
16’ - Richarlison cut down to the right of midfield. Third time he’s been fouled in that area, by Giovani Lo Celso, Ben Davies and now Harry Winks.
13’ - When Everton are in possession, both Digne and Seamus Coleman are well past the half line, with Sigurdsson and Tom Davies falling into the vacated spaces.
8’ - Everton are looking to use the left wing primarily for attacking purposes, and Digne’s starting position is quite advanced.
3’ - Spurs win a freekick on the Everton left, curled into the box. Digne gets a touch and Pickford parries away for a corner. That is not cleared well and Spurs keep the pressure on.
1’ - Alex Iwobi gets us underway. It’s actually Davies out at right midfield, Iwobi on the left and Sigurdsson and Andre Gomes in the middle.
Starting lineups - One change for Ancelotti as Gylfi Sigurdsson steps in to take on his old team for Anthony Gordon. The lineup is shown as a 4-4-2, so it will be interesting to see if the Icelander really does go out wide, or if he slots into the middle with Richarlison going to the left in a 4-5-1.
Everton have been on a good run since the resumption of the Premier League, picking up a draw against the champions Liverpool and two consecutive wins over Norwich City and Leicester City, and today face a big challenge as they travel to North London to take on Tottenham Hotspur.
While Spurs are not in the best of form themselves and might not be as difficult to play against right now as the Reds, Everton have struggled mightily against the so-called ‘Sky Six’ sides over the last couple of decades and will need to overcome that mental block first and foremost. The Toffees have exactly one away win at the usual top six in the last ten seasons, a debilitating statistic that tells you how far we have to go before we are an established top side ourselves.
Under Carlo Ancelotti we have seen some stability in the squad, somewhat enforced by injuries, but another bigger change has been in the mentality of the players. There is a sense of self-belief that is permeating throughout the squad, with players young and old all lauding the veteran manager’s effect, and the results showing on the pitch as the Blues gritted out a win over the Foxes despite being under the cosh for most of the game.
The Blues should have some reinforcements back for this game, with Yerry Mina and Djibril Sidibe both fit again, and Richarlison expected to shake off the ankle knock that saw him substituted against the Foxes.
Tottenham Hotspur are struggling with their own issues this season, with their own veteran new manager Jose Mourinho not quite making the impact fans would have expected despite a plethora of riches in his squad. The Portuguese manager had nothing but praise for Ancelotti during his pre-match press conference, but will be more concerned about his seat that is distinctly getting warm as his players continue to founder about somewhat aimlessly on the pitch.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 33
Date and start time: Monday, July 6th at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m ET / 8:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, England, United Kingdom
Weather: 67°F/19°C, sunny/clear, 1% chance of precipitation, 10 mph winds
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Starting XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Iwobi, Davies, Gomes, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Mina, Sidibe, Bernard, Kean, Branthwaite, Baningime, Gordon
Starting XI: Lloris, Aurier, Dier, Alderweireld, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Lo Celso, Lucas, Son, Kane
Subs: Gazzaniga, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Cirkin, Skipp, Ndombele, Gedson, Bergwijn, Lamela
REF: Graham Scott VAR: Kevin Friend
The Blues played Tottenham in the last game of the 2018-19 season in their new home in North London in a dead rubber game, with neither side having anything to play for. In a pretty entertaining affair, with Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun getting the goals in a 2-2 draw.
The last meeting however was this season, with Andre Gomes the recipient of a horror tackle from Heung Ming Son which saw the midfielder knocked out of the game for months. The reaction to the challenge by the baby-face South Korean forward was even more polarizing than anything else, with a number of fans jumping to his defence saying that was not the kind of player he was, even though he repeatedly continues to show that is exactly the kind of player he is.
That wasn’t it for drama though, with VAR then denying the Blues a clear penalty despite multiple television replays showing Dele Alli handling in the box as the game ended in a 1-1 draw with Tosun again grabbing a late equalizer.