Tottenham Hotspur continued their victory of the season since the signing of a new manager with a comfortable 2-0 win over Brentford in the Premier League Cup last Thursday night.
The Lilywhites worked for their victory as they battled back against the Bees thanks to goals from Son-Heung-min and an own goal from Sergi Canos that sealed all three points in north London.
Spurs had never played against Brentford since December 1949, when both teams were in the second tier. However, Spur won the promotion under their first new manager, Arthur Rowe, at the end of the season.
Brentford has had a lot of previous qualities at play that Spurs lacked at the start of the season. The squad lacked dynamism, cohesiveness, and sharpness when Spurs were still under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Tottenham Hotspurs Vs. Brentford Stats
Tottenham Hotspurs had an impressive performance in last night’s match against Brentford, claiming their third win under Antonio Conte. Antonio Conte made a few changes on the squad that started their last match 2 – 1 victory against Leeds.
Oliver William Skipp and Davinson Sánchez Mina came in place of Japhet Manzambi Tanganga and Harry Billy Winks following their impressive performance against NS Mura in the Europa Conference League. However, on Thomas Frank’s side, the squad remained the same from their 1 – 0 victory against Everton.
The probable 3-4-2-1 lineup for Spurs: Lloris; Davies, Dier, Sanchez; Hojbjerg, Reguilon, Skipp, Emerson; Kane, Lucas, Son
Brentford 3-5-1-1 lineup: Fernandez; Goode, Jansson, Pinnock; Henry, Janelt, Norgaard, Canos, Onyeka; Mbeuma, Toney
J Moss was the referee of the match. Thomas Frank’s side was pressing hard and high in the first half, but Antonio Conte’s side played their way through them. The Lillywhites had a much precision approach in the play that could easily hold them off.
Fernandez made his first save when Lucas Moura drove across near the post. Son unloaded another left-footed shot within 20 yards of the goal post, but Alvaro Fernandez pushed it around the post.
Spurs took the lead when Son curled in a corner short into the box where several players go for it. Pontus Jansson got to it first trying to clear it, but it rebounded off Sergi Canos, falling back into the net.
Kane missed several chances, especially when Skipp stormed through the mid with a pass. Being under pressure from Charlie Goode, Harry Kane fired a shot at Alvaro Fernandez, who saved it with his knee.
However, Son-Heung-min managed to score, making it two for Spurs following a play from Harry Kane, who saw Reguilon to the left, and Reguilon centered it for Son in a close range to score.
At the 81st minute, Lloris made a great save by punching away a corner effort made by Brentford’s side. Spurs made substitution by sending Emerson & Son off and bringing in Tangatanga & Bergwijn in the late second half.
Antonio Conte’s Reaction to Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 Win Over Brentford
Antonio Conte reacts to Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 win over Brentford in the Premier League. He expects and wants the squad to implement what is seen in training on the field. Considering what Tottenham Hotspurs has been working on for weeks, they deserved a clean sheet against Brentford, a dangerous team with good performance.
Antonio Conte also said he was happy with the players, creating chances to improve their final results. They still have a lot of space for improvement, especially working on possession despite putting pressure on their opponents from the start to the end.
Despite losing against NS Mura in the Europa Conference league, he said he learned a lot, and it was a stepping stone to improve more. With the commitment shown through the squad, they must be ready for Sundays’ Premier League fixture against Norwich.
The victory in north London lifts Tottenham Hotspurs to the sixth position in the English Premier League table with 22 points. Brentford lies at the 12th position sharing 16 points with other teams like Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.
Son-Heung-Min Man of the Match
From the start of the match, Son Heung-Min was determined to have his side get the victory. Compared to other attacking players at Spurs, he brought in good fortune when he sent a cross from the left, rebounding off Sergi Canos, causing an own goal. He sealed the victory in the second half by adding a second goal from a pass made by Reguilon.