In Jose Mourinho’s debut as the new Spurs’ coach, Tottenham went to the London Stadium and grabbed a hard-fought 3-2 win over West Ham. Heung-Min Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored as Spurs opened a 3-0 lead, as the Hammers almost grabbed a draw at the end, as Michail Antonio and Angelo Ogbonna scored for the hosts.
With the 2-3 win, the Spurs moved up to 17 points in the table, and are currently in 6th, but can lose some positions due to upcoming games.
The game started off well, as expected in a London derby. The first moment of danger was already at 4 when Dele Alli triggered Kane in the area and the striker scored, but the goal was correctly ruled out by offside. The Spurs looked the better side, created more and the goal seemed to be a matter of time. It came at 36 when Son received the ball and finished home at the left corner past goalkeeper Roberto. 0-1 Spurs.
At 43 Tottenham doubled the lead when Dele played with Son, as the South Korean crossed it from the left to Lucas, who fired a first-time effort into the back of the net. 0-2 Spurs.
The second half starts off in the same footprint, West Ham accepting the defeat as Tottenham were looking for some more goals. Mourinho’s side reached the 3rd goal on 49 mins, as Aurier’s cross found Kane, who tapped in.
The English striker even had another chance to make it four but he wasted it. The missed chance by Kane seemed to have lighted the Hammers up, as on 73 Antonio received from Noble and slots home in the right corner of Paulo Gazzaniga. 1-3.
West Ham grew into the game and forced Mourinho to make some changes in the line-up. Rose, Eriksen, and Sissoko got to the team to try to stop the Hammers. It worked up until the 89th minute, as Declan Rice scored. The goal was ruled out by offside in the VAR, but a few moments later, the hosts grabbed the second through Ogbonna. 2-3 Spurs.
It was a good performance from the Spurs on Mourinho’s first game. Surely they can improve a lot under him, and the fact that he is a great strategist and a winner were a major factor in the Spurs’ decision to sign the Special One. Spurs’ next match will be on Tuesday as they welcome Olympiacos in the UEFA Champions League. The Spurs are a win away from the knockout stages, and this seems the perfect opportunity to make it happen!