Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa: Match Analysis and Player Ratings – Eriksen the ice in Tottenham’s Veins

Tottenham vs Aston Villa 3-1. Match Analysis, Player ratings and key match points

Tottenham Hotspur started off their new Premier League 2019-2020 campaign with a well deserved 3-1 victory over Premier League new boys, Aston Villa.

Spurs were made to work on Premier League match day 1 to achieve 3 points as they kicked off their campaign. Tanguy Ndombele introduced himself to the Premier League by scoring on his debut. Meanwhile Harry Kane, who is notoriously slow at starting his goal-scoring tally, scored a brace to secure all three points for the North London side.

Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Match Analysis and Summary

Tottenham started the game brightly; they created chances in the opening first few minutes of the match. However, Aston Villa scored early against the passage of the play when Mings sent the ball over the top of Spurs’ defence and John McGinn controlled it brilliantly before placing it into the back of Lloris‘ net.

McGinn scores Villa's first goal against Tottenham, and also their first goal in the Premier League campaign 2019-2020
McGinn scores Villa’s first goal in PL 2019-2020

The early lead for Villa gave them the confidence to break from Tottenham’s early pressure and create more chances. On the other hand, Tottenham’s tactics weren’t working out too well. They managed possession of the ball but could hardly penetrate through Villa’s compact defence. They were passing the ball well but lacked the courage to try out the shots when close to Villa’s post. By half time, the game remained 1-0 in the favour of the new boys, and Pochettino knew he has to change some things to turn the game around.

The second half started in much of the same way. While Tottenham tried to press harder and managed to keep playing in Aston Villa’s half mostly, they lacked the finishing that was needed at the end of the moves. Kane, Sissoko, Lucas Moura and Ndombele were all passing the ball beautifully, but they were not being clinical in the final third. Moreover, Winks and Lamela were mostly playing square, which simply wasn’t helping Tottenham’s cause.

In the 64′ Winks was replaced by Christian Eriksen which, as many right say so, changed the complexion of the game. With Eriksen’s introduction to the field, Kane no longer had to drop to the midfield to start the move. Now Tottenham can attack at Villa’s goal and look a genuine threat for Villa’s defence, who so far have dealt with Tottenham’s attack comfortably.

Tanguy Ndombele goal vs Aston Villa. His first premier League goal for Tottenham
Ndombele celebrates after scoring the equalizer

With more and more chances being created Tottenham finally managed to breach Villa’s defence. Tottenham’s record signing, Tanguy Ndombele made his mark on the Premier League by scoring his first goal for the side with a fabulous strike. Moura laid it beautifully for the new boy whose strike was pivotal in changing the game. After the goal, it was all one way traffic as Tottenham kept their foot on the gas and continued to attack.

With all the momentum with Tottenham, Spurs scored two more late in the game; both through Harry Kane. The Tottenham’s captain broke his notorious record of not scoring in August and starting his goal tally late in the season, securing all 3 points for them.

Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Key Points

  • Aston Villa is back in the Premier League and they showed they are a good side to play in the top flight
  • Villa’s defence was nigh impregnable. With a compact display as they showed for a large part of this game, they will be difficult to overpower
  • Tanguy Ndombele could be a crucial player for Tottenham this season. His performance against Villa on his Premier League debut was quite superb
  • Harry Winks and Erik Lamela are at best, quite average, for this Tottenham side. They lack the quality to help the team penetrate the opposition, with most of their passes being quite straightforward
  • Christian Eriksen is probably the most crucial player Spurs have in their midfield. They must ensure to keep a hold of him
  • Tottenham’s physicality in this game was key to them overcoming Aston Villa in this opening fixture

Tottenham vs Aston Villa: Player Ratings

Christian Eriksen vs Tottenham
Game Changer: Eriksen replaced Winks in 64′ and changed the game in favour of Spurs

Tottenham Player Raings

Lloris (6), Walker-Pieters (7), Alderweireld (6.5), Sanchez (6), Rose (6), Ndombele (7), Winks (5), Sissoko (6.5), Lamela (6), Moura (6.5), Kane (8), Eriksen (8), Nkoudou (N/A), Skipp (N/A)

Aston Villa Player Ratings

Heaton (7), ElMohammady (6), Engels (6), Mings (7), Taylor (6), Hourihane (6), McGinn (8), Grealish (6.5), Trezeguet (5.5), El Ghazi (5.5) Wesley (4.5) Jota (4) Kodjia (4) Luiz (N/A)

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