Tottenham continue their Europa Conference League group stage campaign with a home clash with NS Mura tonight.
Nuno Espirito Santo is coming under increasing pressure despite taking over in the summer, with Sunday’s 3-1 North London derby loss to Arsenal, a third consecutive setback in the league.
Victory over the Slovenian minnows tonight will do little to improve the mood, but anything short of a convincing victory will certainly not help before the Premier League meeting with Aston Villa on Sunday.
In the context of this competition, the Spurs could use it if the three points drew 2-2 against Rennes of Ligue 1 in their opening group stage game earlier this month.
Mura is, on paper, the weakest side of the group and sits last in the group after losing his opening match to the Dutch team Vitesse.
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FT: Tottenham 5-1 NS Mura
Quite comfortable at the end and Harry Kane back on goals is a huge advantage for Nuno’s men.
OBJECTIVE! Tottenham 5-1 Mura | Harry Kane 87 ‘
Another sweet shot from Kane, but again he owes a lot to the pass: a beautiful ball from behind Lo Celso.
84 minutes: A score of 4-1 and Spurs stroking the ball as we entered the final exchanges. I never doubt, right?
OBJECTIVE! Tottenham 4-1 Mura | Harry Kane 76 ‘
Lo Celso’s excellent pass for the first time is the key moment in a wonderful move as he sends Son running away and the Korean squares to leave Kane with a simple finish for his second.
73 minutes: Despite that goal, Hojbjerg was sent into the fray, and Skipp was the man who led the way. Nuno hinted that he would have liked to have started for the Englishman against Arsenal on Sunday; I wonder if he will have a chance against Villa this weekend.
Dan Kilaptrick is at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham’s triple substitution smelled of desperation, but it has worked, with Lucas feeding Kane to ensure Spurs remain on their way to a much-needed victory. However, the introduction of all of the Spurs’ heavy weapons speaks to Nuno’s fragile confidence.
OBJECTIVE! Tottenham 3-1 Mura | Harry Kane 68 ‘
It’s a great ball from behind Lucas and an even better shot from Kane, who reaches over the goalkeeper.
67 minutes: It seems that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will also be there shortly. This is not what Nuno imagined tonight, I’m sure.
63 minutes: Those changes, unsurprisingly, brought a change through the gears for the home team, with Kane e Son charging forward twice in a couple of minutes.
59 minutes: So here comes the cavalry. Nuno must be furious because Harry Kane, Lucas Moura, and Heung-min Son are approaching.
Dele, Scarlett and Gil are the trio on the run.