Liverpool maintained an eight-point lead at the top of the table, Manchester City dropped more points, West Ham secured an important if unlikely victory, while Crystal Palace ended a winless run. We start the first part of our Premier League review with José Mourinho and Tottenham, however.
Tottenham 3 Bournemouth 2
Dele Alli’s central threat around a fluid Harry Kane inspired Tottenham to a third consecutive victory in all competitions under José Mourinho – albeit while once again displaying some defensive deficiencies.
Bournemouth’s 4-4-2 mid-block allowed central forwards Dominic Solanke and Callum Wilson to block direct access in to the Spurs double pivot, but placed minimal pressure on Tottenham’s converted back three. Here, Toby Alderweireld had plenty of free time to play accurate balls forward (below), directly linking with various runners higher up the pitch.