Spurs made it three straight wins in all competitions at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening, putting in a professional performance in the 2-0 win over Everton.
Tottenham Hotspur continued its rebound from the loss at Arsenal to kick off this big run of games before the World Cup with a strong 2-0 win over Everton. The Toffees had moments, notably two break-away attempts in the first half, but failed to register an official shot on target, whereas Tottenham had seven on the frame. Here are the highlights and lowlights from a very professional win.
Tottenham was methodical and patient in possession
In an approach that can, at times, be infuriating to a fanbase that craves more of an attack, Tottenham showed they could dominate a game with possession. With ~62% of the possession, Tottenham dominated proceedings from beginning to end.
Whereas we have seen Spurs try and force the issue in these circumstances, the team showed resolve in accepting the passes in front of them and simply taking Everton out of the game.
Although we saw the occasional cross-pitch pass from Ivan Perisic, Spurs primarily worked the ball around the edges, looking for opportunities to get behind Everton, which occurred enough to generate two goals and three points.
Spurs were better after Bissouma entered the game
This is no knock on Richarlison, although the Brazilian did not have his best outing for Tottenham before limping off just past the hour; however, Spurs were in much more control after Richarlison came off, and the team went to a three-man central midfield, from the 3-4-3 deployed at the start.
Whether Tottenham was dropping deep into a 5-3-2 formation when holding off a surging Everton or pushing forward in a 3-5-2, Spurs were more balanced and in control with Yves Bissouma added to the Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre Hojbjerg midfield.
As a result of the midfield balance coupled with the sustained possession, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane were free to run Everton’s defense as ragged as they wanted.