Tottenham vs Ludogorets
Tottenham returned to European action a short time ago, in a meeting with Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets.
Spurs headed into the clash sitting top of Group J, with six points from three games.
However, both Antwerp and LASK, who were facing each other in the group’s other game on Thursday, also boasted a six-point haul. The former, in the end, emerged from the meeting between the sides with a win, moving them above Spurs for a few hours at the least.
So, with clashes with both Antwerp and LASK still to come for the Lilywhites, Jose Mourinho and co. were no doubt desperate to secure a win in north London this evening.
And when all was said and done at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, this is exactly what Spurs managed.
Spurs, unsurprisingly, began the clash against a much-weakened Ludogorets side on the front foot.
Gareth Bale was afforded the first decent chance 10 minutes in, guiding a free-kick onto the roof of the Ludogorets net.
It was Carlos Vinicius, though, who eventually opened the scoring.
Dele Alli slipped the Brazilian in – via the help of a deflection – with Vinicius having gone on to smash his effort past Plamen Lliev Ivanov, bagging his first as a Tottenham player in the process.
A big moment for Carlos Vinícius!
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 26, 2020
Ben Davies came close to adding Spurs’ second of the night a short time later, but was denied by the post.
Once again, though, it was Alli and Vinicius who combined to double the home side’s lead.
Alli picked up a loose ball inside the Ludogorets box before squaring it to the Tottenham loanee to slot home.
The first 45 drew to a close with Jose Mourinho’s side very much in control.
Tottenham return to top spot
The north Londoners also opened the second-half on the front foot.
Bale nearly added a third 55 minutes in, after Matt Doherty headed the ball across to the Welshman, but he directed his effort straight at the keeper.
Tanguy Ndombele was then taken off on the hour mark, with Mourinho no doubt eager to keep him fresh for the weekend’s game with Chelsea.
This was almost instantly followed by a frankly ridiculous strike from Harry Winks, who somehow managed to find the net from just inside the Ludogorets half:
Harry Winks 🤯
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 26, 2020
And Lucas Moura got in on the goalscoring action 15 minutes from time, firing home following some good play from Alli and Vinicius.
The final whistle blew with the score at 4-0, and Spurs back on top of Group J on goal difference.
Whilst it will no doubt be Alli and Vinicius who grab the headlines for their goal contributions this evening, it is in fact another Tottenham star who should receive the majority of the plaudits.
The player in question is Tanguy Ndombele, whose displays this season will no doubt give hope to Alli.
The Frenchman, following some tough love from manager Mourinho throughout 2019/20 (much like what Alli is experiencing now), looks a completely different player this time around.
Passing, defending, take-ons, shooting, dribbling through entire midfields… Ndombele can do it all, and was clearly a cut above the rest of the players on the pitch on Thursday.
The former Lyon man’s superb display vs Ludogorets can be summed up by the incredible statistics below, though no stats could really do Ndombele’s abilities true justice:
Tanguy Ndombele in the first half for Spurs vs. Ludogorets:
💯 100% take-on success-rate
💯 100% tackle success-rate
💯 100% shot-accuracy
◉ Most touches (62)
◉ Most ball recoveries (7)
◉ Most take-ons completed (4)
◉ Most tackles won (4)
Some first-half performance. pic.twitter.com/RgXM0XWoxw
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 26, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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