P W D L F-A GD Pts
5 3 0 2 9-7 2 6
2 Cup Matches
· January 2020 figures
· Last Year's figures
Our February is over. What about our season?
As we do not play Wolves until Sunday (March 1st) it is time for Spurs Odyssey's review of February.
The month certainly started well with a fine 2-0 win over second-placed Manchester City. New boy Steven Bergwijn won the hearts of his new fans with a fine debut goal. He was the first player to score on his debut since Tanguy Ndombele against Villa at the start of the season. That goal had come five years after the previous debut scorer, which was Eric Dier at Upton park in 2014.
That win came despite City having the majority of chances. Our next two games were also wins, but our third and fourth 3-2 wins under Jose Mourinho. The first came against Southampton in our second FA cup replay of the season. the next win was in the league at Villa Park where Son Heung-min scored a dramatic added time winner. It was the second of two goals for "Sonny" and little did we know he had sustained a fracture in his arm early in the game. Son is now unlikely to play again this season, so we are currently without our two top scorers. Son scored four goals in his three games this month and was only one goal away from Kane's 17-goal total in all competitions this season.
One of our equal third top scorers Dele Alli is now facing discipline by the FA who took their time about deciding to charge Dele over his coronavirus social media gaffe. This could well lead to a suspension for the player, which is the last thing we need with three key players already missing. (Kane, Son, and Sissoko)
Toby Alderweireld scored at both ends against Villa. He equalised his own goal with a great strike and this was his first Spurs goal since May 2017 at Hull. Alderweireld was one of four players (Lloris, Winks and Lucas Moura were the others) who started each of our five games. Davinson Sanchez and Serge Aurier have also been key to Mourinho with four starts and one appearance off the bench.
We did see the return of Ben Davies at Villa Park where he made a couple of vital blocks. It was Davies' first appearance since Jose's first game away to West ham back in November.
Our player of the month was Giovani Lo Celso. Gio had ended January with two man of the match performances, and he showed consistency and flair against Manchester City and Leipzig in particular. It was one of those months when our goalkeeper was winning accolades (against City and Leipzig) and the outfield players did not impress in some games.
Despite the home defeat to Leipzig, it was only one goal (and that a penalty) which does give us more chance of progress to the Champions League quarter-finals than Chelsea, who lost 3-0 at home to Bayern.
Our defeat at Stamford Bridge has brought pessimism about our chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League, mainly because we wonder where our next goal will come from. Even our late goal at The Bridge was a Rudiger own goal. It also has to be said that several teams including March opponents Wolves and Manchester United - perhaps even Burnley now - are in the hunt for a Europa League place.
Despite the pessimism, it is a fact that the performances of the majority of players has improved over the course of the month, albeit by marginal proportions. There has also been a marked improvement in the performance of the team and the manager since Mourinho replaced Pochettino in November. Jose's use of substitutes has been particularly noticeable.
One way or another we will play 6 more games in March. Depending on the result of next Wednesday's FA Cup tie against Norwich (which must be decided on the night), we will either play an FA Cup quarter-final on the weekend of March 21st/22nd. If we lose to Norwich (surely not!), we will host West Ham on a Friday night. I'd rather face West Ham in a re-arranged game near the end of the season with the prospect of seeing them relegated!
Incidentally, the last occasion I can find of Spurs playing a game on Leap year Day (February 29th) was in 1964 when we beat Birmingham City away from home (2-1) with goals by Jimmy Greaves and Cliff Jones.
· Review the 2019-20 Premier League season here
Don't forget to check out the players' current figures re. appearances, cards, goals scored and accumulated ratings to date at the bottom of this page.
...if you want to read reports of the matches played during this season, then links are on the Spurs Odyssey Fixtures/Reports page here. By working your way back through the previous month's figures, you can review the performances over the last 19 years!