Having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the Premier League season, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham Hotspur travelled to Turf Moor on Saturday. There, they’d find a Burnley side still searching for their first points of the campaign after defeats against Manchester City and Aston Villa.
BUR: Trafford; Roberts, Beyer, O’Shea, Al Dakhil; Koleosho, Berge, Cullen, Gudmundsson; Foster, Amdouni
TOT: Vicario; Udogie, van de Ven, Romero, Porro; Bissouma, Sarr; Solomon, Maddison, Kulusevski; Son
Buoyed by a lively home crowd, it was the Clarets that took an early lead on home soil against their elite opponents. With just four minutes on the clock, Lyle Foster brought a sublime end to a flowing attacking move – burying an effort past Vicario to spark further life into the Turf Moor faithful.
Yet with Postecoglou’s side in fine form thus far, Burnley’s lead was always bound to be short-lived. Heung-min Son did well to restore parity just twelve minutes later with a cheeky chip over James Trafford, having played a tidy one-two with Manor Solomon.
Despite dominating the remainder of the first half, it wasn’t until stoppage time that Spurs took the lead. Cristian Romero was the goalscorer, capitalising on a James Maddison cross from the left flank that was poorly cleared by the home defence – and his thunderous effort was simply unstoppable.
It was none other than James Maddison who further added to the Tottenham advantage less than ten minutes into the second half, curling a stunning strike around James Trafford after being played through on goal by Destiny Udogie. The former Leicester man has certainly enjoyed an excellent start to life in North London!
Nine minutes later, Heung-min Son doubled his personal tally with a well-placed effort past the goalkeeper. Once more, Manor Solomon was involved in the buildup play – and he looks to be a valuable addition to Postecoglou’s side, having signed permanently for the club after spending last season on loan at Fulham.
And just three minutes on, Heung-min Son completed a sensational hat-trick to put the game beyond doubt. James Maddison’s pass out wide for Pedro Porro allowed the wing-back to curl a pass behind the Burnley defence, which the South Korean latched onto superbly to roll a tame effort past James Trafford.
While Josh Brownhill sought to net a consolation strike deep in stoppage time, his goal would have no effect on the outcome of the match – as Burnley’s search for their first point of the season continues. They’ll hope to find form against Nottingham Forest after the international break.
Tottenham Hotspur will also benefit from a two-week break, returning to the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 16 as they face Sheffield United.