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Tottenham placed on one other regarding exhibiting for his or her residence followers as they had been deservedly overwhelmed 2-0 by Aston Villa on Sunday.

After one other sluggish begin, Emiliano Buendia tapped residence shortly after the break however, in contrast to in earlier weeks, conceding didn’t spark Spurs into life and Douglas Luiz put them to the sword with a pleasant end to seal the victory.

The primary likelihood fell to Ollie Watkins. The Villa striker beat the offside entice and reduce inside, however he dragged his effort nicely huge of the aim when he actually ought to have not less than examined Hugo Lloris.

Moments later, Matt Doherty went down the opposite finish and weaved his method into the field, however a last-ditch problem from Boubacar Kamara prevented a transparent sight of the Villa aim.

After 20 minutes of either side threatening to supply some leisure, Ivan Perisic received in behind and tried to get round Robin Olsen earlier than crossing in in direction of Harry Kane, whose header was flicked away by a determined lunge by Ashley Younger.

Spurs had been the higher aspect as the primary half drew to a detailed however the first 45 minutes of Premier League motion in 2023 may simply be a number of the worst we see all yr.

Simply 5 minutes into the second half, there was some enjoyable as Villa took the lead. An extended strike from Luiz was spilled on the ft of Watkins, whose cut-back to Buendia was fortunately completed off – the tenth sport in a row by which Spurs have conceded first.

Ivan Perisic missed an amazing likelihood to degree the scoreline quickly after however he could not hold his lunging effort down.

A sequence of fast passes gifted a half-chance to Kane however the remoted striker needed to contort his physique for a volley which by no means appeared like threatening Olsen.

With 17 minutes to go, Luiz hammered the nail into Spurs’ coffin. An excellent one-two with John McGinn put the Brazilian by on aim and he fortunately dinked the ball previous Lloris to seal the three factors.

Because the clock ticked on, it by no means appeared like Spurs would get again into it and there are but extra questions for Antonio Conte to reply.

Harry Kane, Ezri Konsa

Kane had nothing to work with / Clive Rose/GettyImages

GK: Hugo Lloris – 5/10 – Did nothing aside from spill the ball at Watkins’ ft for the opener.

CB: Clement Lenglet – 5/10 – The one inventive participant in Spurs’ aspect within the first half, however misplaced all affect after the break.

CB: Cristian Romero – 5/10 – Threw himself at the whole lot and often received his foot on the ball, however spoiled his efficiency by failing to react for the opener. instance of Romero’s sport, actually.

CB: Ben Davies – 5/10 – Did not supply sufficient going forwards. Felt like he was too sluggish in possession.

RM: Matt Doherty – 5/10 – An early menace. Made numerous wonderful runs however no person wished to move to him within the first half. Considerably quieter after the break.

CM: Yves Bissouma – 3/10 – Too secure and reserved. Booked and now suspended for the Crystal Palace sport.

CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 4/10 – Good work charge however equally supplied so little going forwards. Does not look like he can work alongside Bissouma.

LM: Ivan Perisic – 4/10 – One of many few gamers who really appeared eager to make one thing occur within the first half. Responsible of a handful of poor selections and utterly disappeared after the break.

RW: Bryan Gil – 5/10 – Energetic along with his motion with out ever actually threatening to do something important.

ST: Harry Kane – 2/10 – Did not contact the ball for 20 minutes (genuinely) and all of the touches he did have had been miles away from the aim. One thing was actually flawed tactically.

LW: Son Heung-min – 2/10 – Cannot fault his effort for attempting to become involved however almost the whole lot Son tried did not come off. One other regarding efficiency.


Ryan Sessegnon (63′ for Gil) – 5/10 – The odd good transfer however not often appeared like threatening.

Pape Matar Sarr (80′ for Bissouma) – N/A

Emerson Royal (80′ for Doherty) – N/A

Djed Spence (88′ for Perisic) – N/A

Oliver Skipp (88′ for Hojbjerg) – N/A


Antonio Conte – 3/10 – Clearly hampered by accidents however when it takes your group 20 minutes to seek out among the finest strikers on the planet, there’s an issue together with your system.

Emi Buendia

A composed end from Buendia / Clive Rose/GettyImages

GK: Robin Olsen – 6/10 – Strong. Did not must do something spectacular however did his job nicely. Actually comfy claiming crosses.

RB: Ashley Younger – 7/10 – Cleared Kane’s header off the road and appeared decided to throw himself at the whole lot.

CB: Ezri Konsa – 7/10 – Spectacular on the bottom as he marked Spurs’ forwards out of the sport. Somewhat regarding within the air, nonetheless.

CB: Tyrone Mings – 7/10 – Had the odd scare however largely appeared comfy up towards Spurs’ entrance line.

LB: Lucas Digne – 6/10 – Took some time to get used to dealing with Doherty however ultimately sorted himself out.

RM: John McGinn – 7/10 – Requested to play as a second right-back to maintain Son quiet and, to be truthful to him, he did a pleasant job of it. Hardly ever received ahead however made it rely when he did with a superb move for Luiz.

CM: Boubacar Kamara – 8/10 – A monstrous efficiency on the base of Villa’s midfield. Swallowed up a lot of Spurs’ house and at all times appeared to be in the precise place.

CM: Douglas Luiz – 8/10 – Good vitality across the midfield to make issues exhausting for Tottenham. An bold pop shot for the opener however deserved the luck that got here with it, and an excellent end for the second. His 5 pictures was a private greatest in a Premier League sport.

LM: Emiliano Buendia – 7/10 – Did a lot unselfish defending both aspect of composedly tapping into the again of the online.

ST: Leon Bailey – 5/10 – Labored exhausting however did not get a complete lot of luck centrally. Spurs’ three centre-backs appeared comfy coping with him.

ST: Ollie Watkins – 7/10 – Glorious work charge and reactions for the opening aim. Clearly loves doing the soiled work and was actually efficient with it.


Matty Money (65′ for Bailey) – 6/10 – Performed without any consideration winger however did an honest job of it.

Philippe Coutinho (78′ for McGinn) – 6/10 – Did not get a lot time.

Jan Bednarek (82′ for Konsa) – N/A

Danny Ings (82′ for Luiz) – N/A

Calum Chambers (82′ for Buendia) – N/A


Unai Emery – 7/10 – There are questions on his system however Emery received essentially the most out of Buendia and McGinn as huge gamers in a 4. Nonetheless just a few questions to handle – is Leon Bailey the precise striker for him? – however can’t fault the outcomes.

Participant of the match – Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)

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