Spurs 5 Burnley 0: Clarets Taken Apart on Home Return
Tottenham may have lost their 100% record under Jose Mourinho in midweek but the club made immediate amends as Burnley visited the new White Hart Lane. Spurs surged into an early lead and while the away side briefly threatened to come back into the game, a moment of pure genius from Son Heung-Min put the tie to bed.
It was a valuable three points ahead of a tricky couple of pre-Christmas fixtures in the EPL and the 5-0 victory will give the team greater confidence ahead of this week’s Champions League clash at Bayern Munich.
On any other day, two wonder-strikes from Harry Kane would have stolen the headlines. The striker got it all moving on four minutes as he collected Son’s lay off before rifling home from outside of the box. Lucas Moura’s follow up five minutes later was less than aesthetically pleasing but they all count as the scrambled strike doubled our advantage.
Moussa Sissoko then struck a post before Burnley hit the woodwork but if the Clarets felt they could get back in it, Sonny emerged on 32 minutes to extinguish all hope. Collecting the ball from just outside his own penalty area, the South Korean sprinted the length of the pitch, leaving seven Burnley players trailing in his wake, before firing home past Nick Pope in the visitors’ goal.
If, in the unlikely event that you have yet to see it, just stop reading and catch it on YouTube now. It could yet lose out for Goal of the Month to a Liverpool tap in but you’ll struggle to see a better strike all season.
The gloss was added in the second half: Harry Kane doubled his own tally with another sharp effort from closer range while Moussa Sissoko claimed his second in as many home games. It was a bright performance throughout and one that was welcomed by manager Jose Mourinho.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Jose said:
What can I say? It was an amazing performance in every detail of the game – the goals we scored, the quality of the football we played, the dominance, the defensive process, the clean sheet, the three kids coming off the bench, Troy’s debut in the Premier League, fans happy, amazing goals both halves, an amazing performance.
Sonny’s goal was incredible, the others as well, the combination for Moussa’s goal, the two shots from Harry, tremendous football. It could have been more, we were so, so good.
Following the rest of the weekend’s fixtures, that result took us up into seventh place – one point behind Manchester United in fifth and six behind Chelsea who occupy the final Champions League spot.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll tackle two of the sides who sit just above us: On Sunday, we face a tricky trip to Molineux to face a dangerous Wolves side and, one week later, we’ll host Chelsea in what could be a six pointer as far as UCL qualification is concerned.
It’s an important period up to Christmas but for now, we can just enjoy Saturday’s win which was summed up perfectly by Mourinho’s post-match interview.