Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Spurs save themselves for Champions League final

Spurs save themselves for Champions League final

Tottenham finished fourth in the Premier League after a 2-2 draw with Everton. But, due to the absence of many players, Ben Davies could start in at the heart of the Tottenham defence alongside Alderweireld.

Everton haven't won away at Tottenham since November 2008.

Question marks remain over the futures of Zouma and Gomes - as popular as the latter is, it's the potential loss of the former that is arguably the more concerning, particularly given Mina's suspect start to life in England - but there is clear evidence of a structure, a plan and a process about Silva's work at Goodison now that points the way to a more stable and competitive future for Everton.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Everton - the only side he's scored in four consecutive games against in the competition are Sunderland.

For long periods of this game, it looked as though the team selection, influenced as it was by injuries to Seamus Coleman, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin was exposing the lack of depth in quality in Marco Silva's squad.

Andre Gomes is available again after serving his suspension, and although his recent performances dictate a starting role, Morgan Schneiderlin's display's have also been significant.

An early goal from Eric Dier set the mood for a dominant first half where Spurs showed their class in their final league game of the season. As revealed by SPORT, the Champions League finalists are ready to offer Barça a deal in the region of €30m to land the Portuguese midfielder. Their last three such games have produced a total of 23 goals (1-5 vs Newcastle, 7-1 vs Hull and 5-4 vs Leicester). Everton arrive in fine form with victories over Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham to their name in recent weeks, all secured without conceding a single goal.

A Lucas Moura inspired Tottenham outfit reached the Champions League final on Wednesday evening in the most dramatic of circumstances. In truth, nobody cared too much about the match in front of them. Reaching the Champions League final might come as a relief, but it can not cover the cracks developed in their domestic campaign. "That's the way we need to take the game and then what happens, happens". We predict Spurs to get their deserved point eventually, but Everton have been delivering surprising results against big-six opposition lately.

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