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

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Tottenham Hotspur managed to put the Sheffield United defeat behind them and secure all three points against Everton last night in North London.

A first-half own goal that came from a Lo Celso shot proved to be decisive in the 1-0 victory, with an emphasis on defending over attacking for Mourinho’s men.

Hugo Lloris not afraid to speak his mind – 

Lloris was seen aggressively confronting Heung-min Son at half-time as Spurs went down the tunnel, seemingly annoyed that the South Korean had failed to track back in an earlier Everton attack. It seems as if the Tottenham captain won’t be accepting any passengers within his ranks anymore.

Lo Celso further forward – 

With Winks and Sissoko covering, Lo Celso was granted a position further up the pitch last night. He rewarded Mourinho’s faith with the shot that led to the game’s only goal. The Argentine certainly looked dangerous all game, but wasn’t afraid to do the dirty work either. Is this his best position?

Toby settled things down – 

It appeared as if Toby Alderweireld brought a sense of calm back to the defence against Everton, with Eric Dier and Serge Aurier having fantastic games either side of him. Perhaps it is a sign that two more inexperienced central defenders in Dier and Sanchez are not an option together.

European football – 

The win took Spurs up to eight, keeping them in the fight for European football. This would likely now have to come in the form of the Europa League, but playing in Europe is essential both financially and in footballing terms for Tottenham.

Ben Davies not good enough –

One thing we are learning with each passing game is that Ben Davies is not good enough for a club with Tottenham’s ambitions. The Lilywhites simply must upgrade at left-back this summer or give youngsters Cirkin or Sessegnon a chance.

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