Tottenham 4-1 Southampton: Spurs dominate after early deficit

Tottenham 4-1 Southampton: Spurs dominate after early deficit

Tottenham Hotspur got off to a slow start to the season, many knowing that games go like a Spurs fan. Then Southampton’s James Ward Prowse’s opening goal put the Saints at 1-0.

Oh no, here we go.

Normally it would be a fierce battle to score one goal and take a point to open the season. Not under Antonio Conte. Spurs pulled on their socks, tightened their shoes and performed for home fans and supporters around the world.

Four goals were scored, two in each half and some major contributions from the fullbacks. Yes, the starting line-up was the same as last season’s final matches that pushed the team to the Champions League. Some injuries and others not quite fit in Conte’s eyes forced him to let Ryan Sessegnon and Emerson Royal run down the flanks.

They delivered.

Sessegnon scored the opening goal and Royal added an assist (and our best friend an own goal) to be the deciding factor in the game.

Eric Dier scored for a defender’s other Spurs goal, his first in over three years (excluding his preseason rocket).

Here are a few game notes that came to mind while watching Spurs’ route to victory

  • Sessegnon is big, in a good way, of course. He had a great pace and Kyle Walker-Peters bounced off the 21-year-old. His goal was great to watch and his second, called offside, was brilliant with the pattern that seemed to be practiced at kick-off.
  • After trailing 1-0, Spurs took over from both sides of the field. They pushed strongly with their fitness levels showing off and the defense put in big tackles to stop everything for Southampton.
  • It’s frustrating to see Royal putting too much touch in the box. He is fun to watch and in the second half he seemed to notice the open spaces with his pass to Dejan Kulusevski for the fourth and final goal.
  • Son Heung-min and Harry Kane were free and normally that spells doom for Spurs. Not anymore.
  • Three new faces made their debut for the club, with Ivan Perisic getting over 30 minutes and Yves Bissouma and Clement Lenglet under 10 minutes. Perisic had the most time to create chances and boy can he pass with ease. The other two didn’t have much to do with the match in the bag, even though Bissouma knocked one off in the closing seconds.
  • Lucas Moura and Matt Doherty came in during the quadruple subs and didn’t show much, but that’s okay.

Game week one is over and Tottenham Hotspur is a force under Conte