Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 3-1 win over Newcastle

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur recorded back-to-back victories this evening as they followed up their North London Derby success with a 3-1 win at Newcastle.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the game:

Serge Aurier –

We have to give Aurier a mention tonight. Love him or hate him, you simply have to respect his decision to pull on a shirt and play 48 hours after the death of his brother. His mistake led to Newcastle’s only goal, but his general performance was very mature. That aside, the fact he was out there at all is a testament to his loyalty to the club. Well done, Serge!

Kane can score goals under Mourinho – 

Here we have a game in which Spurs did not dominate in terms of chances and did not play the most attacking or fluid formation, yet Harry Kane walks away with a brace. It will be a comfort for fans to know that this way of playing under Mourinho can still yield goals for the big man up front.

Moura resurgence – 

It appears that Lucas Moura is in Mourinho’s long-term plans at Tottenham, having started the vast majority of games under the Special One. While his attacking returns have been woeful, we are starting to see the best of the Brazilian. His defensive work rate on the wing and ball carrying skills in attack were vital at both ends of the pitch tonight.

Defensive solidity – 

Spurs had to run through a brick wall of painful park the bus football to get here, but we are starting to see Mourinho’s blend of counter-attacking and defensive football coming to fruition at Spurs. The Lilywhites have conceded two goals from open play since the restart (aside from the disaster at Sheffield United), both of which were unstoppable rockets into the top corner. Definitely a good long-term foundation to build on.

Kane injury –

Harry Kane went off injured late on, but it appeared to be more of an impact injury, so here’s hoping that he is okay. With just two games left of the season, it would be a shame to see him ruled out.

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