Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley


Gareth Bale continues to improve scoring a brace in a 4-0 victory over Burnley at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With both sides searching for a win after two without, ninth in the league Tottenham hosted 15th place Burnley.

Jose Mourinho made 10 changes to the side that cruised past Wolfsberger in the Europa League on Wednesday, with the only to keep his starting place being Toby Alderweireld.

Serge Aurier returned to the squad following an injury and Gareth Bale earned his first Premier League start since Spurs’ 1-0 defeat away to Brighton.

Sean Dyche on the other hand, named an unchanged side to the one that drew disappointingly to West Bromwich Albion, despite the Baggies being down to 10-men.

The home side kicked off superbly, and within two minutes had already found the back of the net.

Heung-Min Son was allowed too much time on the left flank and cut inside whipping a low cross with his right-foot to the foot of Gareth Bale, who prodded home from close distance.

VAR checked the goal, but the Welshman timed his run to perfection, and put his side 1-0 up after just two minutes.

Dominance continued for Spurs, and Burnley’s defence could not withstand the long balls being played to the running front three.

The next opportunity came for Harry Kane who twisted and turned on the edge of the box before unleashing a shot that travelled just wide of the left post.

Dyche’s Clarets had their first chance moments later but Jay Rodriguez’ header looped safely into Hugo Lloris’ hands.

Lucas Moura had a shot which stung the palms of Nick Pope before being cleared by Ben Mee.

The away side just could not stop the continued pressure from Spurs and eventually the team in white scored again.

This time Bale was the creator.

He played a long pass from his own half to Kane, who cut inside from the left flank and his shot deflected off James Tarkowski and over an already diving Pope in the Burnley goal.

A fantastic start for Spurs inside the first 15 minutes of the game.

Things began to settle until the half hour mark when Lucas Moura made it 3-0.

Sergio Reguilon whipped in a left-footed cross, which found the feet of the Brazilian, who controlled well and struck his shot into the bottom left corner.

Burnley had been picked apart in the first half, and Tottenham took the lead going into the break.

Both teams came out for the second 45, and the Clarets were looking to prevent an embarrassing result.

Spurs on the other hand, looking to add to their fantastic first half.

This only took 10 minutes.

Once again, Gareth Bale heavily involved as he scored his brace.

Heung-Min Son burst down the left and cut into the centre of the pitch only to find his teammate wide open on the right-hand side.

Bale took one touch before curling the ball into the bottom left corner.

A position he enjoys so much.

The score was now 4-0 and there was only 10 minutes played in the second half.

From then on, the game seemed to slow down, with neither side creating much.

Matej Vydra had two opportunities that were comfortably collected by Hugo Lloris.

Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son both forced fantastic saves by Nick Pope in the latter stages of the match, as they pushed to boost their goal tally.

But neither could find the back of the net.

As the game ended, Tottenham and Jose Mourinho were back to winning ways in the league and climbed up to 8th.

Gareth Bale finally looks to be the player that fans had hoped for and has now had a goal involvement in his last five games.

It was a bitter result for Burnley, as they are still involved in the relegation battle, although they do sit five points above Fulham in 18th.

One positive for the East Lancashire club is the return of Chris Wood, following a six-game absence and they will face another tough task against his former-club Leicester City in midweek.

Tottenham Hotspur will play Fulham on Thursday, hoping to do Burnley a favour with a win at Craven Cottage.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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