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Sunday media watch [11.08.19]: Tottenham match reaction

August 10, 2019 7:20 am

Sky Sports: Harry Kane scored two late goals to ensure Tottenham avoided an opening-day upset as they won 3-1 against Aston Villa. Newly-promoted Villa took a shock lead in the ninth minute when John McGinn finished past Hugo Lloris. Spurs raised their level in the second half and eventually equalised with a brilliant strike from club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele in the 73rd minute. Kane then put Spurs ahead in the 86th minute before adding another shortly afterwards.

Telegraph: Such was the consistency and dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool over the chasing pack last season that dropping even two points on the opening day would have been seen as a serious blow to Tottenham Hotspur. City had thrashed West Ham United and Liverpool had swept past Norwich City, so losing at home to newly-promoted Aston Villa after 72 minutes to a John McGinn goal was not a good look for Spurs. That is not to take anything away from Villa, who showed enough, particularly in the performances of McGinn and Tyrone Mings, to suggest they will be able to compete in the Premier League. But Tottenham cannot afford to do anything but respond to City and Liverpool with victories if they are to at least close the gap on last season’s top two. They achieved a deserved three points in the end thanks to debutant Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane, who scored his first goals at the club’s new stadium.

BBC Sport: Harry Kane says Tottenham are aware of the standards they have to reach to be competitive this season after they suffered a scare before overcoming Aston Villa. Liverpool beat Norwich City 4-1 on Friday before champions Manchester City thrashed West Ham 5-0 to get their campaigns off to convincing starts. Spurs were on course for a surprise defeat at home to newly promoted Villa in the late game on Saturday before scoring three times in the final 17 minutes to win 3-1, Kane grabbing two of the goals.

ESPN: Harry Kane got straight into the groove with two late goals as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from an early setback to beat promoted Aston Villa 3-1 at home on Saturday. Villa, back in the top flight after three seasons away, looked set to mark their return in style as they hung on tenaciously to John McGinn‘s ninth-minute opener. But Tottenham’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele fired home a debut goal in the 73rd minute to break Villa’s resistance. With Villa visibly tiring captain Jack Grealishconceded possession on the edge of his area in the 86th minute and when the ball fell to Kane he made no mistake. Kane rubbed salt into Villa’s wounds with a classy finish in the 90th minute as Tottenham, playing their first opening fixture at home for eight seasons, took the points.

Guardian: It was a good way to begin a Premier League season, for the supporters at least. At the still gleaming White Hart Lane 60,000 were treated to a thrilling comeback victory by the hosts and a brave oh-so-nearly performance from the visitors. These early hours of a long campaign also begged questions of both these sides, however, and time will show just how telling they are. Villa opened the scoring in the ninth minute, John McGinn’s confidently taken goal typifying a first-half performance in which Dean Smith’s side out-thought their opponents and matched them physically. The second period brought a shift in both momentum and personnel, with Christian Eriksen’s introduction just past the hour changing the match. Tanguy Ndombele scored a fine equaliser on his debut before a brace in the final five minutes from Harry Kane tied up three points that were ultimately well deserved.

Independent: Harry Kane finally broke his drought at Tottenham‘s new stadium as his late double earned a 3-1 win over Aston Villa that looked in doubt for a long time. Kane had gone three games without troubling the scorers at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but he put that right with two goals in four minutes to seal the three points in what was a curious evening in north London. Spurs looked like starting the new Premier League campaign with a defeat after John McGinn’s early opener gave Villa a dream start to life back in the big time. Tanguy Ndombele showed just why Tottenham broke their transfer record to bring him to the club with a fine leveller 17 minutes from time before Kane stole the headlines with two clinical finishes that masked a match that provided more questions than answers.

Yahoo Sports: A late Harry Kane brace helped Tottenham beat Premier League newcomers Aston Villa 3-1 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. John McGinn handed Villa a surprise lead on their top flight return when he held off Danny Rose to convert inside 10 minutes. Tanguy Ndombele drove home the equaliser on his official debut to delight the home fans, just as Tottenham had been building pressure late in the second half. And talisman Harry Kane then struck twice in the final five minutes to cruelly break Villa’s resistance and steal the win for Spurs.

TalkSPORT: Dean Smith hailed Tottenham Hotspur after watching last season’s Champions League finalists come from behind to beat his Aston Villa side 3-1. Harry Kane finally broke his duck at Tottenham’s new stadium as his late double secured all three points for the hosts in a game where they looked frustrated for large parts. For Smith, the level of performance cannot be questioned against a side he feels are almost indomitable.

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