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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur: 3 reasons why Spurs won | Premier League 2019-20

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Wolverhampton Wanderers played host to Tottenham Hotspur in a riveting clash that saw Jose Mourinho's men narrowly take home the spoils at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday. 

Lucas Moura gave the north London giants the lead against the run of play with a thunderous effort in the eighth minute. Nuno Espirito Santo's men then came back with a leveller after the break courtesy of Adama Traore, who smashed in a powerful strike past Paulo Gazzaniga. It started to look like the game was set to end in a draw until Jan Vertonghen snatched a dramatic victory for Spurs with a stoppage-time header.

Both clubs had endured a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign but have undergone a reinvigorated period in recent weeks. While Wolves had previously enjoyed an unbeaten run of 11 games, a streak that goes back to September, Spurs' ambitions are believed to have been rejuvenated following the managerial appointment of Jose Mourinho. 

With the win, Spurs head up to fifth place in the Premier League table and will now hope to build on their credentials when they host Chelsea next weekend.

Let us now look at the three primary reasons why Tottenham got the better of a resilient Wolves team:

#3 Well-rested players missing from Spurs' European assignment were impactful at the Molineux


Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

The encounter at the Molineux was deemed to be crucial to Spurs' chances of finishing in a Champions League place this season and the significance of European qualification was evident when both sides omitted key players from their continental ventures and preserved them for tonight's clash.

Mourinho opted to rest Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier during their dead-rubber Champions League game against Bayern Munich on Wednesday and was rewarded with scintillating performances and an imperative result as he started all four of those players against Wolves.

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While Kane was largely quiet throughout the game, the likes of Vertonghen and Alli played key roles to establish the win. The latter, who has appeared more confident under Mourinho, was either seen embarking on dangerous runs into the area or engaging in frequent one-twos with Eric Dier, who himself came close to finding the net in the first half. Meanwhile, Vertonghen, who was frequently overwhelmed by Traore on the wings, guided home the winner with a last-minute header from a Christian Eriksen corner.

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Published 16 Dec 2019, 08:39 IST
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