Tottenham keep up Chelsea chase with 4-0 rout of Bournemouth
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 15, 2017,
Apr 15, 2017, 22:57
It was nearly the ideal game for Spurs as it witnessed, four goals, a clean sheet, no injuries and even the heartwarming sight of substitute Vincent Janssen scoring his first ever Premier League goal from open play.
Tottenham Hotspur host Bournemouth at White Hart Lane this afternoon. That leveled the record total for a South Korean player in a single European season, achieved by Cha Bum-kun at German club Bayer Leverkusen in the 1985-86 season.
But with Chelsea facing a testing trip to Manchester United on Sunday, another Spurs home win will pile the pressure on once more.
Bournemouth needed to defend with ideal concentration in order to keep the rampant hosts at bay, but their resistance only lasted 16 minutes as Dembele grabbed his first goal of the season.
He has now scored 20 goals in three consecutive Premier League seasons, becoming only the fourth English striker to do so after Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand and Andy Cole.
"It was great to be back out there", Kane said.
Tottenham were considered Leicester's main challengers for the Premier League title last season, but an end of season collapse saw them fall away and even drop down to third.
Making his first start in five weeks after an ankle problem, Kane was quickly in the thick of the action with a volley that was blocked by Steve Cook.
Eric Dier was preferred in midfield and both he and Son justified their selections, giving Pochettino a selection dilemma ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
The Bournemouth goalkeeper was helpless to prevent Dembele from scoring his first goal of the season three minutes later, when Christian Eriksen's corner was allowed to bounce through the box and the Belgian rattled the ball through Boruc's legs and into the far corner of the net.
Tottenham Hotspur have "bigger things" in their sights than finishing above Arsenal this season as they step up their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
They have two home games remaining - against Arsenal and Manchester United - and look nearly certain to finish in the top-four even if they can not overhaul Chelsea.
For a while the Cherries looked at risk of being sucked into a relegation scrap, but Eddie Howe's side find themselves seven points clear of the bottom three heading into the weekend.
"We will have to do the same or more than before to get another win".
Kane scored in the 48th minute, beating Simon Francis with a neat turn before crashing a low shot past Artur Boruc.