Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Burnley

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Tottenham got back to winning ways this evening in the Carabao Cup as they put one past Burnley at Turf Moor without reply.

Let’s look at the five things we learned from the match:

Into the quarter-finals – Tottenham Hotspur are through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup as they look to go one better than last year. The draw is on Saturday morning and, better still, Man City are no longer in the competition!

Moura that, please! Lucas Moura was the match-winner against Burnley with his goal off the bench. People may moan at him, but the Brazilian always looks to make things happen. It’s only logical that he loses the ball from time to time, such is the risk vs reward of his play style. All I know is that it’s refreshing to see a player put in 110% every week and I’m happy to see him rewarded.

Defining game for Emerson Royal? This felt like a particular turning point for Emerson Royal at the back. Not only did he put in a solid defensive and hard-working performance, but he also improved going the other way. Spurs are going to dominate possession in these kinds of games and Emerson needs to get better going forward. There were lots of driving runs and superb balls into the box, including his assist.

Blow for Bryan Gil – Given a start and a chance to impress against Premier League opposition, Gil had to withdraw from the action early in the first half with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury. Hopefully, this is nothing too serious.

Winks and Dele – If you can’t get into a Carabao Cup squad where nine players are named on the bench, five substitutes are allowed and Nuno picks five backup defenders, something is very wrong. If you ask me, this was a statement that Nuno is not happy with them or simply does not trust them enough to use them.

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