Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways after steamrolling Burnley 4-0 in the weekend Premier League fixture. It was a complete display from Jose Mourinho’s side in a while and the victory also served as a reminder that Spurs can’t be taken for granted despite their recent run of form. Here are the five takeaways from the dominant win.
Vintage Bale is back
Gareth Bale answered his critics with his best display in Spurs’ shirt yet this season, scoring a double and setting up a goal to help his side pick up crucial three points. Perhaps, the Real Madrid loanee started to gain rhythm over the past few games and against Burnley, everybody got the opportunity to witness the Welshman taking shape. Mourinho later praised Bale’s display, stating that no manager in the world would play without the Welshman if he is on song.
“There is not one single manager in the world that doesn’t play Gareth Bale if Gareth Bale is in very good condition. There is not one, but now he is better than ever. I’m just pleased for the team because he helped the team to win. I’m happy for him.”
Harry Kane’s dream run continues
Although there have been many transfer links of late regarding Harry Kane that he should leave Spurs, the English man continues to come up with goods as his tally reached up to 14 goals and 11 assists after the win against Clarets. Kane, Son and now Bale! The trio is likely to cause more problems for the Premier League defenders.
Lucas Moura proves to be a valuable squad player
If you look at Moura’s numbers, you could easily come to a conclusion that is not among the elites. Although the former PSG star is not in the same ilk as Kane, Son or Bale, he nonetheless adds greater importance to the squad. Moura scored a brilliant goal against Burnley on Sunday and he did so in the previous fixture against West Ham.
Lloris achieves 100 clean sheets in Premier League
Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had a milestone to relish on Sunday, garnering his 100th clean sheets in the Premier League. The Frenchman continues to serve as Spurs’ primary option between the sticks over the last eight seasons or so and has been often praised for his consistency. However, reports are starting to surface lately about rumours linking him with PSG. Keep it aside, Let’s take a moment and appreciate the 34-year-old’s achievement.
Spurs can push for the top-four race
The North Londoners experienced a dramatic turnaround in the Premier League this season, being at the top of the pile for several weeks to slumping to unexpected lows. Mourinho received a lot of stick for the downfall but the Portuguese remained unaffected by it thanks to his calm demeanour and the wealth of experience. Instead, the Portuguese gaffer silenced his critics with a thumping win against Burnley, which he can use as a starting point to redeem things and push for the top-four race.