Thoughts from Tottenham’s Premier League Victory over Everton


Tottenham is definitely the best of the rest after their win against Everton. They are way behind of Chelsea to deny them the title but Tottenham are evolving as one of the best team out of the rest. They are seven points behind their London rivals after the 3-2 victory against Everton at White Hart Lane. The difference will be the same until Antonio Conte’s squad face West Ham on Monday.
This was not their complete performance and they have made it more difficult for themselves than it should have been in the closing stages. It took a difficult turn after Romelu Lukaku and Enner Valencia pulled goals back for Everton but an amazing brace from Harry Kane along with a delicious late flick from Dele Alli was enough to seal the points for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
Kane scored his 19th goal of the season which made him the Premier League top goal scorer. He ascended to the top leaving behind Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku and he scored his 15th goal in the last 13 games that he played. It is impossible to deny the fact the Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.
Tottenham took the lead after 20 minutes of the match when Kane was given time and space around 25 yards from goal. He was not allowed to shoot much in the Everton defence but he accepted to shoot low with power. Everton goalkeeper couldn’t save it and Spurs took the lead.
For the next 10 minutes Spurs dominated possession and they could have scored another goal but they did not and Everton were slightly better in the next half without threatening Hugo Lloris’ goal excessively.
Tottenham showed a different side after the break and asserted themselves effectively. They doubled their lead after 55 minutes when Everton was on the slumbering side. Robles passed the ball to Morgan who must not have been warned about Dembele and Alli shaped danger. The combination of two resulted into a careless pass from Scheiderlin. The ball then fell to Kane and he placed it to the bottom corner effortlessly.
Everton was back into the game in the last 10 minutes. But Spurs got a free kick on the left of the area. Harry Winks dinked into the area before Alli slipped in between some absent minded defenders and flicked boldly into the corner of the net. Valencia’s score for Everton was not enough to snatch a draw.
Eriksen is an underrated player but he is smart and not lazy. He is a curious player and a key cog in Tottenham’s side. He has 10 assists this season and nobody has more in the Premier League. He has scored five goals which is a respectable number for a midfielder from 26 games. It is not easy to become a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s team by being lazy. Eriksen does all that but in a slightly less obvious manner.
Eriksen just chooses his moments to be aggressive unlike other more obvious all-action midfielders. He told in his interview last year that you don’t need to run if you are smart enough and that’s how he is- Never lazy, always smart.

Sadio Mane puts Liverpool ahead of Everton


It will hardly go down as a football classic, but nonetheless, Liverpool has won three points from their latest outing and that is all what matters for Jurgen Klopp at the moment. Described by football commentators as one of the least eventful matches in the Premier League so far, both teams failed to create opportunities, let alone score goals in the 90 minutes. And it wasn’t for Mane’s rebound goal in the 94th minute; nobody would have even bothered watching the replay ever!

It was just one of those nights. Two teams lost in a wilderness in the middle. Liverpool failed to create many opportunities and the ones that looked promising was nipped in the bud by the Everton midfield. Looking back, there were hardly any scoring opportunities created by Everton. A huge chunk of credit should go to Daniel Sturridge, who in the 94th minutes reminded us all why he is such an expensive player.

At the end of the full 90 minutes, the chances of Liverpool walking away with 3 points never seemed probable, thanks to some wayward shooting and lack of goal scoring opportunities. Sturridge was introduced in the attack a mere 15 minutes before the end and from out of the blue; he produced a shot that a regular goalkeeper should have saved without much fuss. But not Joel Robles. He allowed it to roll past him and the ball rebounded off the goal post to a waiting Sadio Mane, thus pushing Everton to their first home defeat in nine months. Maybe with their regular goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg with them, Everton may have surely denied the Reds the three points. Perhaps, it was fitting that the goal was as uneventful as the rest of the game.

However, Jurgen Klopp refused to belittle the win on account of the dull display. He attributed the lackadaisical performance to the ‘wild football’ Everton played. He insisted that the best he could expect from such an opponent was three points, whether it came out of an uneventful match or a classic.

Perhaps the only man in the field for whom the victory must have been extra sweeter could be the goal scorer himself, for it always is a great feeling to win against a former manager’s team. Ronald Koeman, the Everton manager, might rue the fact that he had to go into a high-profile match without Gareth Barry, which seemed to have disrupted his whole game strategy. To compensate for the loss of his star player, Koeman infused a few athletic performers into the side and to an extent; they served the purpose of running around aggressively and making the occasional tackle. But, none of them could match the skill of Barry, which resulted in a dearth of scoring opportunities.

Even when he was introduced at half-time, there was too little time left to redraw the strategies and just like the others, he had to go through the motions and if it wasn’t for Mane’s moment of brilliance, it could well have been a match that everyone would forget before the next match.

Romelu Lukaku leads Everton to win against West Ham United

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBERr 21: Romelu Lukaku (R) celebrates his goal with Ross Barkley during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on November 21, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley scored victorious goals which lead to the winning of Everton against West Ham United by 2-0 at Godison Park.

Lukaku maintained his amazing scoring run against the Hammers after spectacular strike in the front in the 50th minute of the match. He got on the end of Bolasie’s cross after Adrian dodged a Seamus Coleman strike.

The German International has a goal each game in appearances for Everton against West Ham. The count has now extended to nine matches.

In the 76th minute Lukaku and Barkley joined together and Barkley fired at the far post which lead to their first victory in their five Premier League matches. Everton finds its position in the 6th place whereas West Ham stands in the 16th position.

The star player of Everton Dimitri Payet was to the fore and the away side made a decent start to the game. The France International produced organized tee-ups for both Michail Antonio and Pedro Obiang but went unconverted and then brought save out of Joel Robles. He was in for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg and made his first appearance of the season with a deflected shot.

Everton faced its first threat after the 15 minutes of the game when Bolasie’s strike was blocked by Mark Noble’s arm and Gareth Barry coiled the loose ball over.

Lukaku was then disappointed by a poor touch in front of Adrian’s goal. On the other end Manual Lanzini skipped through a clutch of players to blaze the ball across the box.

After being fed by Barkley, Lukaku fired a shot wide off a West Ham man who sidestepped Winston Reid a few moments later. He unleashed a redirected effort of his own that was well saved by Adrian.

Barkley saw another deflected strike and an evident cross from Kevin Mirallas that was headed towards the goal and it was tipped over by Adrian as the improvement for Everton continued. But they were fortunate enough that Coleman got in the way of the attempt made by Payet just before half-tie.

An important attacking contribution by Coleman led Everton ahead in the game shortly afterthe break. Adrian was not able to hold on to the low drive of the Republic of Ireland International and Bolasie quickly reacted and was able to deliver the strike that Lukaku nodded in from close range.

Shortly afterwards there was an off-target shot by Barkley before the audience exerted some pressure while looking for an equaliser.

Antonio got past Ashley Williams but later thrashed by Robles. Bryan Oviedo showed good work and an effort from the West Ham substitute Andre Ayew went wide after which the Toffees goalkeeper dived to push away a curler from Noble in a spectacular manner.

Everton successfully overcame the pressure and then effectively settled the match after Barkley released the ball to Lukaku and went on to meet the front man’s return cross with a spike past Adrian.

Lukaku had a chance there to add to his goal but saw his side-foot volley saved and the two amazing scores past the goal led to a victorious match for Everton.