Big victories, stunning goals, an end of season collapse; this season had it all from the perspective of a Spurs fan. Ignoring the last month of the season, which is hard to do considering it was Arsenal who moved above us, this season has been excellent and the best campaign Spurs fans have seen since Harry Redknapp days.
In this article we remember the best matches of the season.
TOTTENHAM 4-1 MANCHESTER CITY
This game was the real turning point in the season. Following a disappointing loss at Old Trafford, a collapse against Stoke City, lack of concentration against Leicester City, a boring 0-0 draw against Everton and nerve-racking 1-0 victories over Palace and Sunderland, this was when the Spurs players came to life and the season kick-started.
Their first real test of the season, against the team in form, the league leaders began with Kevin de Bruyne punishing them on the counter attack. But Eric Dier levelled the match with a superb long-range shot, beating Willy Caballero who had previously saved brilliantly from Son. Alderweireld’s header put Spurs into the lead but, being a Spurs fan, you can never be sure of the outcome of a game unless you’re at least 3 goals ahead but when Kane scored following Eriksen’s freekick smashing the bar, the Spurs fans confidence took a huge boost. Relief also filled White Hart Lane as Kane scored his first of the season, following doubts he would be a ‘one season wonder’.
Lamela confirmed the excellent victory with a great goal, playing around with the Manchester City defence following summer signing Clinton N’Jie’s superb turn and assist.
TOTTENHAM 4-1 WEST HAM
A Payet-less West Ham suffered badly at the Lane with Pochettino’s high pressing system pressurising the Hammers and forcing them into mistakes. Harry Kane, after scoring 5 goals in three games against Bournemouth, Villa and Arsenal, made it 7 goals in 4 games with a brace against our London rivals. Kane opened the scoring by lashing the ball into the net and Alderweireld doubled Spurs’ advantage with another superb header. Kane punished West Ham’s defence after some sloppy play from the Hammers and Kyle Walker capped off the brilliant evening with a well-taken goal to finish things off. Manuel Lanzini’s late goal did nothing to dampen the mood at the Lane.
MANCHESTER CITY 1-2 TOTTENHAM
A stadium where Spurs have had little joy in recent years gave Spurs immense confidence to believe that 2016 could be their year. Harry Kane’s well-driven penalty gave Spurs the lead with Joe Hart diving out of the way of Kane’s centrally struck shot. Manchester City looked like they would go on to win the game having gathered momentum in Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal but it was Spurs who prevailed with Eriksen grabbing the winner on his birthday, sending the away end into pandemonium.
Pochettino’s embracing of his players following the final whistle was a great watch for Spurs fans around the globe.Embed from Getty Images
TOTTENHAM 3-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
A first win at White Hart Lane for Tottenham since 2001 came in emphatic style with a breathless six minutes of football giving Spurs all three points. Spurs wonderkid Dele Alli gave Spurs the precious opener thanks to Christian Eriksen’s beautifully weighted cross following some scrappy play in the middle of the park. Alderweireld headed in a second for Spurs; he really does choose when he scores, netting against Manchester City, West Ham, Manchester United and Arsenal. Erik Lamela capped off the remarkable win with a well controlled finish that sent White Hart Lane crazy.
STOKE CITY 0-4 TOTTENHAM
A great response by Spurs following Leicester City’s draw against West Ham. Normally an extremely tricky test for top teams, Spurs demolished Stoke with a clinical performance. A Harry Kane double coupled with a Dele Alli brace gave Spurs four goals and three points as the quest for the Premier League title continued. It could have, perhaps should have, been more for Spurs as Eriksen rattled the cross bar and Alli hit the post after rounding goalkeeper Shay Given.