'Ange-ball' leads Spurs to 2-1 win over Burnley

Goals from right-back Pedro Porro and center-back Micky van de Ven helped lead Spurs to another comeback victory, this time a 2-1 result over visiting Burnley.
Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley FC - Premier League
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At first, there was a glimpse of yet another disappointing display from Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou’s squad, as Burnley attacker Jacob Bruun Larsen put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the 25th minute.

However, 'Ange-ball' finally made its reappearance after weeks (if not months) away from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as goals from Porro (in the 32nd minute) and Van de Ven (82nd minute) helped The Lilywhites stay in the race for Champions League qualification moving towards the last two matches of the season.

Throughout the match, it felt as if Spurs started to rediscover the excellent form that they displayed in the season’s first half, as Big Ange’s team constantly threatened Burnley.

Excellent performances from multiple players in the starting XI, including Porro, Van den Ven, his fellow center-back Cristian Romero, captain Son Heung-min and midfielder James Maddison kept The Clarets constantly on their heels, helping lead Tottenham to victory.

The Lilywhites tripled Burnley’s shot total on the afternoon, notching 21 to the visitors’ seven (FOTMOB). They also outpaced in shots on target, with a 9-3 total (FOTMOB).

The home team also lead in chances created, corner kicks and almost every major category, outside of saves - it wasn’t a terribly busy game for Spurs goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, who saved the other two shots on goal by the Clarets after Bruun Larsen’s opening goal (FOTMOB).

This was the type of match that almost perfectly defines 'Ange-ball'. Even though Tottenham only notched two goals, the shot and shot on target stat lines show the type of creative and dangerous attack that the Australian manager ultimately wants to produce.

Multiple close misses by Spurs from Son, Maddison, wingers Brennan Johnson and Dejan Kulusevski, as well as Romero, could have just as easily led to a score closer to the 5-2 line that Tottenham earned away at Turf Moor earlier this season, in which Son notched a hat trick.

Nevertheless, a win is a win. At this point in the season, The Lilywhites need all of the points they can get in a quest to clinch a bid in European football, whether it's the Champions League, or the Europa League.

The ultimate goal for Postecoglou and the rest of the staff seems to be a self-sustaining, attacking-minded football club first and foremost, who perhaps ultimately can win multiple trophies over the coming years, something Spurs and their loyal fans desperately crave.

More displays like today’s against Burnley should hopefully lead to those goals being achieved sooner rather than later.