Tottenham vs. Wolves: Harry Kane milestone objective lifts Spurs to victory after poor first half

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It’s not good however seven factors from three video games will do for Antonio Conte. Tottenham Hotspur defeated Wolves 1-0 to kick off Saturday’s slate of matches. Harry Kane handed Serio Aguero to change into the all-time Premier League main scorer for a single membership, netting his 185th objective with a tidy header from an Ivan Perisic flick-on. It’s the kind of objective from a set play that Antonio Conte goals about when he goes to sleep at night time. And that was sufficient to safe all three factors.

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Only Conte and Spurs will know if the objective was a designed play nevertheless it’s time to notice {that a} new set play coach was added throughout the summer time in Gianni Vio who oversaw the Italian nationwide crew beforehand. Son’s brief nook was flicked on by Perisic and Kane did what he has now completed 250 instances for the membership scoring a objective that might show to be a winner.

While the objective, and Kane’s milestone could also be the primary speaking level of the match, the consequence was doubtful within the first half as Spurs solely took one shot, whereas enduring 12 from Bruno Lage’s aspect. Halftime changes, like tweaking the positioning of Emerson Royal and Dejan Kulusevski, left Spurs a lot improved within the second interval, and on steadiness they deserved the three factors they ended up with, however getting there was a course of.

With Davidson Sanchez deputizing for an injured Cristian Romero, Royal stayed within the beginning lineup at proper wing-back to supply protection for an onrushing Rayan Ait-Nouri together with new signing Goncalo Guedes up prime. Royal received two tackles nevertheless it was his strain, permitting Sanchez to scrub up behind him with 5 clearances and two blocked photographs that saved the Spurs protection from breaking. While Wolves took 20 photographs within the match, they may solely muster an xG of .62 in comparison with Spurs’ 1.62, a complete that was largely boosted by Kane’s objective, some extent clean header price 0.70 xG by itself. For a Spurs crew that hasn’t hit prime gear, this can be a consequence that they will take, however Conte will wish to tinker to seek out his greatest rotation earlier than Champions League begins quickly. 

Wolves might finish the weekend within the relegation zone as strain mounts on Lage. Wolves are actually on one level by means of three matches as new signings Matheus Nunes and Guedes weren’t sufficient to alter their fortunes. It was extra of the identical as Wolves had pleasure stepping into house however have been unable to discover a of completion. Some of that was right down to Conte constructing Spurs right into a unit that defends nicely even when the aspect is not at their greatest, nevertheless it’s additionally been a lingering downside for Wolves beneath Lage. The easy shift subsequent match will probably be eradicating striker Daniel Podence for a now wholesome Raul Jimenez however Raul solely scored six targets in 34 appearances final season so the crux of the scoring woes looms for Lage. A sustained drought for the crew might trigger the board to search for a change.

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