Kane again; Ludogorets Razgrad 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3
THU 05 NOV 2020EUROPA LEAGUE – GROUP J
Keseru (50′ minutes)
Kane (13′ minutes), Lucas Moura (32′ minutes), Lo Celso (62′ minutes)
Lucas Moura (13′ minutes), Kane (32′ minutes), Son Heung-Min (62′ minutes)
Kane should have scored twice when he headed in a Lucas Moura corner to put us ahead. Kane then set up Moura for our second before being replaced at the interval as we completely conquered the Bulgarian champions.
As you good readers know, our man in charge was furious last week with his side’s wishy-washy presentation in Antwerp. This time around, he was rewarded with a controlled and ruthless first-half showcase. Nevertheless, our opponents were able to reply early in the 50th minute in the second half through Claudiu Keseru. But his goal went against the run of play, as Giovani lo Celso’s tap-in ended a routine win that puts us back in contention in Group J.
The Ludogorets defence had no answer to Kane’s ability but did see an early miss with him shooting over after a pass from Harry Winks. Kane then hit the post from 25 yards but beat Gareth Bale to a corner to head in goal number 200; his first goal was against Shamrock Rovers.
We are blessed with attacking talent this season, this was demonstrated as Son set up the third for Lo Celso just 17 seconds after coming on. No wonder Lewis & Levy are prepared to break the bank to keep him at the club (Spurs want to offer him a new contract).
As for Bale, well he showed promising signs of reaching full sharpness, starting the move for Moura’s goal and going close with a free-kick, while Carlos Vinicius was raw but threatening,
Steven Bergwijn also came on, but Dele Alli was left on the bench as we coasted to a needed win in our group.
We picked up only our second away win in our last 10 away Europa League matches (W2 D2 L6).
Ludogorets have lost their last five Europa League matches, their worst ever losing run in the competition.
Harry Kane is the top-scoring Premier League player in all competitions this season, netting 12 goals in 13 appearances, with only Robert Lewandowski scoring as many for a team in Europe’s top five leagues (also 12 for Bayern Munich).
Harry Kane has been directly involved in 22 goals in just 13 appearances in all competitions for Spurs this season (12 goals, 10 assists).
Including qualifiers, Jose Mourinho has won 15 of his 21 matches in the Europa League with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur (71% – W15 D3 L3).
Ludogorets striker Claudiu Keseru has been directly involved in 12 goals in 15 Europa League group stage starts (10 goals, 2 assists).
So, there you have it. A well earned win to go with our Premier League win against Brighton last Sunday.
Now we brush ourselves down with a damp cloth we are now prepared for Sunday’s 12 O’Clock encounter with WBA (A). And if we should – and hopefully we will – win that game then we will go temporarily on top of the Premier League.
After our game against WBA
Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Manchester City v Liverpool
And Arsenal take on Aston Villa.
Let us hope that Wolves beat Leicester, Man City win or draw against Liverpool; as for Arsenal and Aston Villa, well they can go and… ffffuuu… erm, draw.
There you have it, until Saturday when I preview the WBA game, take care, look after yourselves and be safe.
Best Regards, Glenn
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