Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ 5-1 win over Newcastle

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Matt Doherty
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Tottenham Hotspur secured another three points in the Premier League this evening after a 5-1 win over Newcastle United.

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

Up to fourth

Tottenham are now up to fourth in the race for Champions League football, moving ahead of Arsenal on goal difference. The Gunners have two games in hand on Spurs but points on the board are exactly what is needed to put the pressure on.

The wing-backs

A true marker of how well a Conte team is performing… the wing-backs. That only becomes more impressive when you have the first choice RWB playing on the left and the second choice coming in from the cold only to both score! A goal and an assist for Doherty, as well as a goal for Emerson. Fantastic to see!

Bentancur the missing piece

My man of the match today actually wasn’t a goalscorer but Rodrigo Bentancur. I thought he was the real difference between the two sides across 90 minutes. Tracking runners, working hard, covering ground, tackling, and using it so effectively when he has the ball. He never seems to waste a second on the ball. Some of his passing between the lines was exactly what Spurs have been missing for years now.

No goals for Harry

Scoring five and Kane not being on the scoresheet is very rare indeed, but he was crucial to the win as he dropped deep in the second half and picked Newcastle off with his range of passing. It’s nice to see that Spurs have so many people who can finish a move even if Kane starts it from deep.

ANTONIO

There was a lovely moment at 5-1 when the entire stadium was chanting Conte’s name, only for him to clap every stand in return. He really seems to be enjoying life in North London at the moment and his philosophy is coming across on the pitch.

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