22 July 2024

Tottenham Hotspur sit on top of the table after a day in which a narrow 1-0 win at 17th-placed Luton Town might not have looked that impressive for those who simply saw the scoreline.

Yet for those at Kenilworth Road would have seen some of Spurs’ best attacking play of the season in the first half. They simply missed the finishing to rack up what could have been a ridiculous scoreline early on.

Then in the second half with only 10 men, the north London outfit put in one of their most controlled, impressive performances in a different respect which showcased their collective spirit and the fitness levels of Ange Postecoglou’s side.

To put the start to the match into context, Tottenham had 97% of possession in the first five minutes of the game away from home in front of a noisy crowd and within 10 minutes had taken five shots at Luton’s goal and passed the ball more than 100 times.

Some of those were big chances as well for Richarlison and Pedro Porro and within 25 minutes Tottenham had had eight shots at goal and by half-time that figure was 12. At the break, Spurs had had 81% of the possession with 314 passes to Luton’s 47.

Then came Yves Bissouma’s daft double of yellow cards. With a 38th minute clumsy, clambering challenge, he had already picked up the booking that was his fifth in eight Premier League matches and that meant a suspension for the home game against Fulham after the international break.

Then four minutes into added time at the end of the first half the Mali international went on a mazy dribble before throwing himself to the floor, anticipating some kind of contact that never came. He offered no real complaints when referee John Brooks reached for his pocket again for first the yellow card and then the red.

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