On a day where Cartilage Free Captain had practically half of its staff in attendance for what was dubbed the Menno Derby, Spurs continued their run of putting teams to the sword by dismantling a toothless Bournemouth, 4-0, at White Hart Lane.
Spurs spent most of the first half pinging the ball around the Bournemouth half of the pitch, whether it was taking multiple corners or just holding possession. After a couple of near-goals, Spurs broke through in the 16th minute. Moose took a beautiful touch off of a Christian Eriksen corner and blasted a right footed shot into the back of the net, making it 1-0 good guys.
With that goal, the floodgates started to open. forcing one of many Jack Wilshere turnovers in the midfield, Harry Kane played a gorgeous little touch to Heung-Min Son. The Korean International dribbled his way through the back four and fired a low shot short side, making it 2-0 before the 20th minute.
Bournemouth only managed to register a couple of half-chances before Spurs’ press caused more turnovers and re-established dominance. Spurs had a great chance to make it 3-0 in the 38th minute after a wonderful sequence led to a blast that went just over the net by Christian Eriksen. It was a sequence that definitely deserved a goal but the match remained 2-0.
Just a couple minutes later, yet another great build up afforded a chance. Eriksen played a low bullet pass into the middle, finding Son from about 12 yards out. Son didn’t get much on the shot, though, and it was gathered up with no rebound chance.
The second half was essentially the same song, just a different verse to start. A couple minutes worth of pressing resulted in another attack in the final third. Harry Kane received a pass with a great piece of skill on a dummy, fooling just about everyone in red and black. Kane calmly switched to his left foot after the skill and slotted it far corner, putting Spurs up 3-0. The rout was on at this point.
Spurs continued their relentless press, forcing Bournemouth into turnover after turnover, never allowing the Cherries more than just an occasional long ball that forced Hugo to put his phone down in net and feed it back to the outfield players. Spurs had a few more chances to make it 4-0 only to be denied each time going into the final half hour of the match.
That fourth goal we all clamored for finally came in the dying moments. After what felt like the 30th corner of the match, Vincent Janssen found a bit of space and put a shot on net. The first shot was off the post, but the rebound came right back to him. His second chance was true, finding the back of the net to give Spurs the final scoreline of 4-0.
Thoughts on the Match:
- Normally I have to write about chances going both ways, but this was all Spurs from start to finish. Spurs had an advantage in every single aspect of the match.
- Spurs ended with 68% possession, 24-5 advantage on shots, with 14-1 of those being on target. Needless to say, Hugo didn’t have much to do today.
- This team is in phenomenal form, to say the least. They’re so fun to watch.
- With that win, Spurs have now accumulated more points at home than any prior season at The Lane with 47. It’s also the 12th consecutive win at home.
- Credit to Alex Greenberg for pulling out the time machine with this foreshadowing gem today:
Smith down injured for Bournemouth. If he has to come off they'll only have 1 sub left (assuming Wilshere comes off injured at some point)— Cartilage Free Capt. (@cartilagefree) April 15, 2017
- Even with the 4-0 scoreline, this match could have easily been double that. Spurs were essentially taking pot shots for fun in the second half.
- Man of the match for me is Moose. He controlled the midfield as he usually does and also got on the scoresheet.
- Harry looks like he’s missed no time with a goal and an assist today.
- VINNY SCORED!!!
- It’s also appropriate that we close out the post match with a tweet from our tyrannical overlord: