Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Aston Villa

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur are back to winning ways after what has been a tough week for all associated with the club. The Lilywhites bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa this evening thanks to goals from Carlos Vinicius and Harry Kane.

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

Vinicius starts – Carlos Vinicius was handed just his second Premier League start of the season this evening and impressed by opening the scoring for Spurs. I thought that Tottenham could have played to the whole two up front idea a little better with some clips forward and aerial crosses, but it was nice to see a new formation working. Vinicius certainly put his name in the hat for future starts.

Lucas Moura needs respect – May the praise be as loud as the disrespect. Halfway through the season, it seemed as if many had turned against Lucas Moura but he is now arguably one of Tottenham’s most in-form players. He absolutely ran the show this evening with his direct dribbling, creativity around the box and even defending in his own area! His new role really does play to his strengths.

Young defenders – Throwing Rodon and Tanganga in this evening felt like a sink or swim call from Mourinho, but they certainly swam. Rodon was solid from start to finish while Tanganga grew into the match. The latter certainly looks better defending, tackling and blocking in central areas rather than staying out wide as a full-back. Either way, both should get plenty more minutes between now and the end of the season.

Reguilon injury – The left-back went down injured just before the hour mark but did manage to get up and walk off the pitch without assistance. With the international break this week, let’s hope that Spurs can get him back fit before our next match.

Top four race – Spurs are now within three points of Chelsea, finally level on games again. Despite the horrific week in North London, the club are still in the race for Champions League football and should focus all their energy on achieving that goal!

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