Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Sheffield United: 5 talking points as Gareth Bale hat-trick floors the Blades | Premier League 2020-21

A Gareth Bale hat-trick helped Tottenham Hotspur destroy Sheffield United.
A Gareth Bale hat-trick helped Tottenham Hotspur destroy Sheffield United.
Scott Newman
Modified 04 May 2021
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Tottenham Hotspur thumped Sheffield United 4-0 to move to fifth in the 2020-21 Premier League table.

Spurs started the game slowly but took the lead after a nicely weighted lob from Serge Aurier allowed Gareth Bale to flick the ball over Aaron Ramsdale and into the net with ten minutes remaining in the first half.

Sheffield United came out stronger in the second half and attempted to create chances but could not trouble the Tottenham Hotspur defence before Bale doubled the hosts' lead at the hour mark. After Son Heung Min was denied a goal for offside, Bale put the game beyond the Blades by completing his hat-trick with a neat finish.

Son then added a fourth with 13 minutes to go as Tottenham Hotspur ended the game on the ascendancy despite missing a few scoring opportunities. On that note, let's have a look at five talking points from the game.

#1 Tottenham Hotspur are alive in the top-four race

With a relatively comfortable run-in, Tottenham Hotspur may yet make a push for the top four.
With a relatively comfortable run-in, Tottenham Hotspur may yet make a push for the top four.

Tottenham Hotspur's win moved them to fifth place in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and seven behind third-placed Leicester City.

So can they make a late charge and qualify for the Champions League? Or is such a finish beyond them now?

It’s honestly difficult to say. On the one hand, making up five points on Chelsea might be a difficult proposition given the current form of Thomas Tuchel’s side. Moreover, both Liverpool and West Ham have a game in hand on Tottenham Hotspur and could potentially leapfrog Spurs in the league table.

However, Tottenham Hotspur have three games remaining that look winnable, the ones against Leeds, Wolves and Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Leicester City are still to play Manchester United and Chelsea before facing Spurs on the final day.

So it’s definitely possible that the game between Spurs and the Foxes becomes a virtual playoff for a top-four spot, assuming other results go the way of Ryan Mason’s side. Based on their performance against Sheffield, Tottenham Hotspur would fancy their chances against Leeds, Wolves and Villa.

Spurs have now got a fighting chance of securing an unlikely top-four spot, or at least fifth. That seems like a better position than they were in when Jose Mourinho was fired two weeks ago.

#2 It’s easy to see why Sheffield United are going down

Based on tonight
Based on tonight's woeful showing, it's easy to see why Sheffield United have been relegated

Tottenham Hotspur were excellent on the night, but it was easy to see why Sheffield United have been relegated. To put it simply, the Blades were poor against Spurs.

Not only did they fail to create any meaningful chances to test Hugo Lloris, but they also ended the match with only one shot on target. They were woeful in defence, too.

Time and again, they gave the ball away cheaply. Had it not been for a combination of VAR and some profligacy from Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield could well have lost this game by six or seven goals.

Sheffield United have now lost 27 Premier League games this season. The Premier League record for most defeats in a campaign is 29. And despite the Blades not having the trickiest run-in, based on their performance against Spurs, they could well break that unwanted record.

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Published 03 May 2021
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