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Premier League Preview: Tottenham Hotspur

We take a look at Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the new season

2 July 2021

Brentford will face Tottenham Hotspur for another campaign having already faced the North London side in the Carabao Cup Semi-Final last year.

2020/21 REPORT

League Position: 7th (Premier League)

Top League Goalscorer: Harry Kane (23)

Stadium: The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, High Road, London, N17 0BX

Capacity: 62,850

Having set such high standards in recent years, the last campaign saw the side perhaps fall below their ambitions as they came seventh in the league table-qualifying for the Europa Conference League. An opening day defeat on home soil at the hands of Everton was improved upon when they hit five past Southampton away from home, and the goals were flying in once again on their next away trip as they beat Manchester United 6-1. Their first home Premier League win of the season came in a 2-1 victory over Brighton before they backed that up with a win at West Bromwich Albion and then against Manchester City. They won the North London derby in December, beating Arsenal 2-0, before they suffered back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Leicester City moving towards the Christmas period. The side continued to pick up mixed results in the new year and by April the hierarchy opted to appoint Ryan Mason as interim manager as Jose Mourinho departed. A tough end to the campaign saw them beaten by Leeds and Aston Villa, however they ended on a positive as they confirmed European football with a 4-2 away win at Leicester on the final day of the season.

THE MANAGER

Newly appointed Nuno Espírito Santo took the job very recently after he departed Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last season. The Portuguese did an impressive job at Molineux as he helped the side to become well-established in the division with some eye catching results to go with it after he took them up from the Championship in 2017/18. His playing career saw him represent sides such as Deportivo La Coruña, as well as Porto and Dynamo Moscow. The former goalkeeper then went on to manage Valencia and Porto before taking the job at Wolves.

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LAST MEETING

The sides came up against each other in January this year in the Semi-Final of the Carabao Cup. The Bees gave a very good account of themselves and had an Ivan Toney goal ruled out by VAR. On the night, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min grabbed the goals to put Mourinho's side into the final.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris; Aurier, Sánchez, Dier, Reguilón (sub Davies 71 mins); Højbjerg (sub Tanganga 86 mins), Sissoko; Lucas Moura (sub Winks 71 mins), Ndombele, Son Heung-min (sub Carlos Vinícius 89 mins); Kane

Subs (not used): Hart, Alderweireld, Alli, Bergwijn, White

Bookings: Højbjerg (14 mins), Reguilón (52 mins)

Bees: Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sørensen, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt (sub Marcondes 74 mins), Jensen; Mbeumo (sub Forss 81 mins), Toney, Canós (sub Fosu 74 mins)

Subs (not used): Daniels, Stevens, Roerslev, Gilbert, Haygarth, Ghoddos

Bookings: Canons (14 mins), Janelt (18 mins), Mbeumo (51 mins)

Sent Off: Dasilva (84 mins)


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