Spurs ruined Leeds at Elland Road with a thrashing that deepened the home side’s problems and increased rumors of Bielsa’s resignation. Doherty, Kulusevski, Kane, and Son scored the goals to move Conte’s side closer to Champions League places.
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
Leeds going through an ordeal: they lost to Tottenham at home by 4-0 and add to the defeats against Liverpool (0-6), Manchester United (2-4), Everton (0-3), and Newcastle (0-1).
In between, there was a 3-3 draw against Aston Villa that was of no use because Marcelo Bielsa’s side is in serious trouble and may even be stuck in the relegation zone today.
? "He's pulling wool over people's eyes."
Paul Merson and Clinton Morrison debate Marcelo Bielsa's management of Leeds ? pic.twitter.com/Ujh9yMBpPU
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 26, 2022
If Leeds’ fall into the relegation zone does not happen today, it will be when their most direct rival -Burnley- gets back the two pending matches. The only reason they are not further down is that Watford and Norwich are having even worse campaigns than them.
The game swung quickly for Tottenham: after 10 minutes, Matt Doherty opened the scoring inside the box with a great low cross from Ryan Sessegnon.
A brilliant goal by #THFC, as one wing-back feeds the other.
Matt Doherty with his first goal for Spurs, finishing well from Ryan Sessegnon's cross.
— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) February 26, 2022
Again, the same ghost as against Liverpool and the last few games: how can it be that a player who plays on another side of the field gets to define with total tranquility between the Leeds defense? Today it seems impossible to correct.
The Spurs barrage was constant and five minutes later they managed to extend the lead. Dejan Kulusevski dribbled his way into the box and fired a powerful shot into Ilan Meslier’s net.
The Swede has been in fine form since joining Tottenham in the last transfer window and gave the team’s midfield a major boost.
What a great finish this was by Dejan Kulusevski! ?? pic.twitter.com/Ns3FFIxck9
— Daily Hotspur (@Daily_Hotspur) February 26, 2022
By the half-hour mark of the first half, the game was already decided: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg threw a phenomenal assist for Harry Kane and the English striker finished cross-field and with subtlety.
Kane had a great game, playing what he does best: park his good physique in the center circle of the field, hold on, unload for his teammates and when possible, go up to score the goals.
Harry Kane makes it look easy ?
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 26, 2022
In the second half and towards the end, it was Kane himself who took the ball in his own half and assisted with a 30-meter pass to Heung-Min Son. The South Korean won the ball at speed and scored to make it 4-0 at Elland Road.
The Kane-Son strike duo thus passed Lampard-Drogba as the names with the most combined goals in Premier League history.
Harry Kane ? Son Heung-min
A beautiful combination to get Tottenham's fourth! ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/PEdBiZLD4H
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 26, 2022
Leeds not getting back on its feet and its mistakes are repetitive. Not only in defense, but they attack a lot (19 shots) and hit little (3 shots on goal).
The lack of effectiveness in their chances adds to the poor attitude of the players. Every ball is a lost ball. Bielsa has a lot of things to correct, but it does not seem to be easy and the ghost of dismissal is knocking at the door.
Rio Ferdinand on Leeds' style of play: "If teams work you out, you have to adjust. The players are following it [Bielsa's instructions] and you have to respect that" pic.twitter.com/frPOvk7LUD
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) February 26, 2022