#Tottenham cut the gap to runaway league leaders Chelsea to just single figures for a day at least after a win over Everton at White Hart Lane on Sunday Afternoon. The final scoreline may have been 3-2 to the home side but the game was not as close as the scoreline may have suggested as a previously in form Everton failed to really turn up until it was too late. In the build up to the game it was being billed as the battle of the Number 10's as Harry Kane took on Romelu Lukaku and England international Kane would be the one to win that personal battle with a goal tally of two goals to one in his favour.
Tottenham go marching on
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and his Everton counterpart Ronald Koeman have both been mentioned in the same circles as potential candidates for the soon to be vacant Barcelona job and it would be the Argentine who would do his chances of landing that position no harm as he masterminded an impressive win for the North London side. After pushing Stoke aside just 7 days prior with a routine 4-0 win in front of their own fans, optimism within the club would have been high but with Everton unbeaten in their previous nine league outings it was certainly going to be no pushover.
Well that would have been the theory anyway but Tottenham made it look easy as their talisman Harry Kane scored a sensational opener after 20 minutes. From fully 30 yards the England international fired a shot towards goal which left Joel Robles unprepared as the ball fizzed past him and into the net to give Tottenham the lead.
Tottenham and their fearsome duo
Much has been made of the partnership between Harry Kane and Dele Alli as of late and these two played a part in everything positive that Tottenham did yesterday, but that's not to say just these two were carrying their teammates. The whole team once again played at a level which is striking fear into their opposition, as of right now especially at home Tottenham are looking pretty relentless.
With themselves 1-0 up they were soon keen to sniff out a second and were unlucky as Victor Wanyama hit a post and Kane failed to add his secomd of the day when taking one touch too many and firing straight at the body of Robles. Everton were fortunate to go into the break at just 1-0 down and manager Ronald Koeman would have to show his worth after the break if his side were to get back into the game.
But things would go from bad to worse as they gifted the home side and more importantly Kane the opportunity 2-0. Dele Alli would pick up a loose ball which subsequently found itself at the feat of Kane and with the bullish mood that he is in right now he was never going to turn that opportunity down. The advantage doubled and the points all but in the bag.
Romelu Lukaku was a passenger throughout as international teammate Jan Vertonghen was more than even to everything that the Belgian striker threw at him. Although there was to be one chink in the armour for Vertonghen, his slip finally allowed Lukaku the space to get a shot away and with 10 minutes to go he would find the net to set up a grandstand finish.
Everton finally found that extra tempo that they had been lacking throughout the game and did throw caution to the wind in the final few minutes, but that final roll of the dice would catch them out as substitute Harry Winks' perfectly lofted free kick would find Alli in the area and his deft touch would be enough to steer the ball home and once again restore Tottenham's two goal advantage.
But even at 3-1 and in injury time there was still enough time for another twist in the tale. Everton were given a freekick of their own in what seemed a harmless area of the pitch and with Eric Dier switching off it allowed Enner Valencia to sneak in at the back post and make it 3-2. A nervy few final seconds for Tottenham but a dramatic collapse did not appear and although the ending was nervier than the home fans would have perhaps liked they will no doubt be glad that all three points were secured. #Champions League