Tottenham have been extremely dominant in the first half of the FA Cup third round replay against Middlesbrough as they lead 2-0 at half time.
The attacking football on show has left some Spurs fans extremely pleased.
Spurs broke through the Middlesbrough defence in the second minute after the Boro keeper Tomas Mejias’ sloppy pass was intercepted by Giovani Lo Celso who took a couple of good touches and finished smartly to put Spurs 1-0 up.
The away side never recovered from that early blow as Jose Mourinho’s side took control of the game. Erik Lamela, who was arguably Tottenham’s best player in the half, got a brilliant second as he wont the ball in the final third and glided past a couple of challenges before coming up with an improvised finished.
Spurs continued to pepper the Boro goal after that but didn’t manage to score the third before half time.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side have had a couple of chances on the counter but their poor finishing as ensured Tottenham’s clean sheet remains intact.
Here’s how some Spurs fans reacted to some of the attacking interplay the side produced in the first 45 minutes:
come on lads!! we got this!!
— megg (@meganxthfc) January 14, 2020
I know we’re playing considerably poor opposition but we’re playing some beautiful stuff. Lovely one touch passing and interplay.
Lo Celso is SUCH an intelligent player.
— Spurs Views (@SpursViews_) January 14, 2020
Who knew Erik Lamela was the key to saving our season?
I mean, me…. but… ☕️🐸
— Low-Block Counter Est Facere (@bankruptspurs) January 14, 2020
Look at how much better the pressing is. So organised.
— ap (@otheranthony) January 14, 2020
Tottenham Hotspur? Attacking with pace? Well it’s radical, but it might just work
— Jonnie Baker (@MrJonnieB) January 14, 2020
Half Time: Tottenham 2-0 Middlesbrough
Solid first half but not really tested too much.
Would like to see slightly more creativity from midfield.
— Hotspur 1882 (@itshotspur1882) January 14, 2020
First time I’ve enjoyed watching a first half from Tottenham in a long, long time. Lo Celso x Lamela is fun to watch
— James (@ObiWanKaneobi) January 14, 2020
Lo Celso, Lamela and Tanga have to start on Saturday been different class in this game. #THFC
— Dan (@ElCapitain82) January 14, 2020
— Hotspur Related (@HotspurRelated) January 14, 2020
Spurs Web Opinion
Some of the interplay between Lamela, Lo Celso and Eriksen has been quite brilliant to watch. While Middlesbrough obviously aren’t at the same level as Premier League teams, this performance shows how big a miss Lamela has been. It is also encouraging to see Lo Celso coming into his own over the last few weeks.
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