Palace v Spurs, Match report

By Steve Sutcliffe

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho says he intends to get Tottenham back “where we belong” after they qualified for the Europa League with a hard-fought draw at Crystal Palace.

The result saw Spurs leapfrog into sixth place above Wolves, who lost at Chelsea.

“When all the players are available, we showed in this last period where we belong,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t know, maybe in this period, after lockdown, we finished third or fourth in the table. So that’s where we belong.

“I want to have my team, my players, not a medical room full of players. I want a pitch full of players.

“Of course as a squad, the main thing is to keep our very good players and after that improve the squad.

“Are we going to buy 10 players? No. Are we going to buy players for £100m? No. We are going to improve.”

Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs, dispatching a low finish into the bottom left corner after collecting Giovani lo Celso’s pass.

However, Jeffrey Schlupp levelled for Palace with a close-range finish after some poor Tottenham marking at a corner.

It was no more than Roy Hodgson’s side deserved, as they ended a run of seven straight defeats.

They matched their London rivals for endeavour and could have snatched all three points, with Scott Dann heading a late effort wide.

Mission accomplished for Spurs

It appeared to be a case of mission accomplished for Mourinho and his staff at the final whistle as they celebrated the prospect of playing in Europe next term.

The result means that Spurs are guaranteed to earn a minimum of around £10m for their involvement in European competition next season.

However, few Tottenham supporters could have imagined such a difficult campaign – or that the Portuguese boss would take charge less than six months on from their appearance in last season’s Champions League final.

When Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the club were languishing in 14th in the table.

“Of course everybody that one day plays Champions League doesn’t want to go back and play Europa League – but it was the only thing possible after such a difficult season for the club,” Mourinho added.

“Arriving 14th and handling things is not bad at all. I am quite happy that next season we play in the Europa League and it’s just a question to motivate ourselves for that competition and try to motivate the fans to support us and do something beautiful.”

While Mourinho has overseen an upturn in results and the number of goals they have scored, he is yet to remedy their problems in defence.

Eric Dier put in an accomplished performance alongside Toby Alderweireld on his return from suspension, but Palace’s equaliser is likely to have infuriated the Spurs boss.

His defenders stood like statues as Dann headed a deep corner back across goal, with Schlupp converting after Ayew had diverted the ball into his path.

Until then, Tottenham had looked capable of extending their lead via the pace and power of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, on the break.

Man of the match – Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

Capital joy for Kane – the stats

  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their past five final-day Premier League games played at home (W4 D1).
  • Tottenham Hotspur registered just eight clean sheets in their 38 Premier League games in 2019-20, their lowest tally of shutouts in the competition since 2010-11 (also eight).
  • Crystal Palace have become just the eighth team to go through an entire Premier League season without scoring more than twice in a match and are the first side to do so without being relegated.
  • Tottenham have finished the Premier League campaign in the top six for the 11th consecutive season, after managing to do so just twice in their previous 17 seasons in the competition.
  • Only Andy Cole (nine), Les Ferdinand (nine) and Matt Le Tissier (eight) have scored more Premier League goals on the final day than Tottenham striker Harry Kane (seven in six final-day games).
  • Giovani lo Celso’s two Premier League assists for Tottenham have come in his past three appearances in the competition (28 games in total).
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane netted his 31st goal in Premier League London derbies, with only three players managing more (Thierry Henry got 43, Teddy Sheringham and Frank Lampard each got 32).

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Jan Vertiginous
1 month ago

Of the strikers we’ve been linked to, I like the look of Muriqi the best.

AntSpurs
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1 month ago
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AntSpurs

Sweet sweet smiles wooooooooo hooooo

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Gary mabbutt?

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Tottenham boy coming through, step aside (me boy at training tonight , ok me too)

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Eric Dier boots

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

New kit New boots , we starving but who cares COYS

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

They have no respec I mean . They may do now

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

We live in Watford and most of the team are Watford . Dont like the kids witnessing this but no respec. They may be supporting spurs when we get there

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Cheers Mit. Watford hate spurs , hate to say we’ll a little bit enjoy tonight 🙂

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

Good luck to your son’s squad!

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

AntSpurs 31/07/2020 at 3:39 pm
We have 6 New guys , lo c , sess, berwijns, n dombele , JM, tanganga, and the resurgence of Eric and Erik. Good times

All I can do is trust Jose to sort it out. Extract the poison and move on.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Me boys team of course . Daniel couldnt afford me

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Training tonight we need 2 New players , introducing the first black player to the team. Cant say I ait doing me bit:-)

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Serge too but hes one under wraps for now

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Lucas didn’t finish what he started eevers

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

We have 6 New guys , lo c , sess, berwijns, n dombele , JM, tanganga, and the resurgence of Eric and Erik. Good times

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

To me it’s riding the same kind of wave that took them to the Champions League final. There were so many places in which the other squads could have easily scored one. Shots off the post, shots wide, phenomenal Lloris saves.

Holding those sorts of expectations over an entire season is just not reasonable without major improvements. It’s not a sustainable wave.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Dier at CB, fresh, like a summers breeze, jeez its hot.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Oh and JM

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Lo c, bergwijn, sess, tanganga, n dombele , a resurged coco, thats quite fresh

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Hey MIT , one loss in 9? Thats premier league winners material

MiT
MiT
1 month ago

My opinion: I think multiple players need to be swapped out. Just adding one player won’t do it with this group. They’re stale, their chemistry is shot, and I honestly feel like that they have gone as far as they can go together as a group. It would greatly surprise me if they didn’t feel the same way.

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Tongee the wildcard

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

Sonny best ever season 22 goals I think contributed , few chalked off. Kane will have his best season , Dele had a shit season apparently and got 1 in 2 as you showed chauvs. Lucas, bergwijn and lo celso justgetting started but about to raise the roof. Am I wrong ?

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

2 more take ya pick

AntSpurs
AntSpurs
1 month ago

If we get out strike force to produce 3 goals a game . Say Dele, Lucas ,son, Kane a goal every 2 games contributed. Thats 2 goals a game , maybe thats enough.

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