Tottenham vs Burnley
Tottenham played host to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs, a couple of wins over Wolfsberger in Europe aside, headed into the tie in pretty dire form.
In their last six league outings before Sunday, for example, Jose Mourinho’s side had notched just one win, which came against a very poor West Brom side.
Burnley, on the other hand, had actually not lost in their last four, though three of those games did end as draws.
So, whilst Spurs were viewed as favourites heading into the clash, their fans were no doubt concerned regarding the possibility of suffering another embarrassing league defeat.
However, in the end, that is far from what played out at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It took Gareth Bale less than two minutes to open the scoring against the Clarets.
The Welshman then set up Harry Kane 15 minutes in to double the north Londoners’ advantage:
Bale ➡️ Kane 😍
Stunning Spurs counter attack to double their lead…
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 28, 2021
And just after the half-hour-mark, Jose Mourinho’s men killed the game off altogether, when Kane nodded Sergio Reguilon’s cross into the path of Lucas Moura, who made it 3-0.
1⃣… 2⃣… 3⃣…
Spurs are rampant in the first half v Burnley!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 28, 2021
The Lilywhites were not done there, though, adding a 4th in the second-half. Bale was once again central, bending a sumptuous effort past Nick Pope, who could do nothing but watch the ball glide past him.
Bale is back?
Following Spurs’ victory, much of the chatter has, unsurprisingly, surrounded Gareth Bale.
The Welshman’s return to north London had been pretty underwhelming to date.
However, recent games have seen Bale improve a great deal, providing goal contributions in all of Spurs’ last three outings before Sunday.
And, against Burnley, Bale, who scored the opener, the 4th and set up the 2nd, bested his goal and assist tally from his previous eight league appearances.
7 – Gareth Bale has been directly involved in seven goals in his last four appearances for Tottenham in all competitions (four goals & three assists). Flashback. pic.twitter.com/2pC6ackAij
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 28, 2021
This, in turn, has since prompted the Tottenham faithful to take to social media, to praise the Real Madrid man:
— Chris Cowlin (@ChrisCowlin) February 28, 2021
OK, I’ve seen enough: Gareth Bale is BACK
— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) February 28, 2021
Bale is fully back and I’m all here for it
— Alexander Rosen (@AlexanderBenRo1) February 28, 2021
— Pratyush Batra (@PratyushCBJ) February 28, 2021
Bale is back
— Saswat Satapathy (@IamMichelS) February 28, 2021
Think it’s time we can finally start tweeting and get trending …. #BaleIsBack
— SoapboxSpurs (@SoapboxSpurs) February 28, 2021
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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