Derby Delight for Tottenham and Everton
As the minutes ticked by Tottenham fans thought it might be another dreadful match with their bitter rivals, Arsenal, as they trailed 1-0.
But it wasn’t.
Tottenham’s star man, Harry Kane, found the back of the net in the 56 minute to tie the North London Derby. Tottenham left it late once again, but they got all three points thanks to Harry Kane, scored again in the waning moments.
The man cannot stop scoring at the moment and he got his second of the day to win the match for Tottenham with just 5 minutes left. It was a wonderfully placed header past David Ospina that gave him his 12th league goal of the season. Kane proved once again why he deserves a spot in the English National team. With performances like this from Tottenham, they should put up a strong battle the rest of the season to get into the top four.
Arsenal on the other hand had a dreadful day. From the start of the match Arsene Wenger set up his side in a very defensive style. They wanted to play similar to how they played when they beat Manchester City at the Etihad 2-0 but they couldn’t execute. With this defensive style they rely on counter-attacks to score goals but Spurs, mainly Jan Vertonghen, did a wonderful job stopping all progress. The one good counter-attack they had resulted in their only goal of the game, which Ozil finished very well.
Without Alexis Sanchez playing the burden had to fall on someone else and no one stepped up. The inability to involve Cazorla hurt Arsenal as he has looked their best player in recent weeks. He was subbed off for Rosicky in the second half and Arsenal had almost no threat afterwards.
Tottenham will gladly take the win and jump over Arsenal in the table as they head into a tough battle at Liverpool midweek with the team playing at best they have played this season.
The first match between the sides ended in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates and now Tottenham have the bragging right until next year.
Liverpool played against their rivals Everton this weekend in what was a very disappointing Merseyside Derby.
It ended in a goalless draw with Liverpool getting the best chance of the day. Just recalled from a loan, Jordan Ibe was handed a surprise start for Liverpool at Goodison Park but Ibe was Liverpool’s best player going forward and showed that he deserved to start. Midway through the first half he drilled a shot off the post which ended up being the only good chance for either side. Steven Gerrard finished what might be his last match against Everton in a very uneventful way as he heads to LA Galaxy in the summer.
Everton gladly took the draw as they have had a disappointing season this year. They know sit 12th and have given up the slim hope they had of finishing in the top four. The Toffees will be happy with temporarily halting Liverpool’s top four challenge as they are in 7th now 4 points out of 4th. Liverpool are on there best form of the season as they are unbeaten in 8 league matches.
Both Everton and Tottenham are the happier teams because they did not lose to their rivals this year.
Who do you think will have the upper hand when Tottenham and Liverpool face off at Anfield?