Lloris and Son clash as scrappy Spurs beat Everton
A 'beautiful' bust-up between Tottenham teammates overshadows much-needed 1-0 victory against the Toffees
06 July, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
TOTTENHAM 1 (Keane 24 OG)
A HALF-TIME bust-up between Hugo Lloris and Heung-Min Son offered the only real excitement as Spurs eked out a scrappy 1-0 victory over Everton tonight (Monday).
Michael Keane’s own goal midway through the first-half proved enough to settle a drab encounter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The big talking point came as the players left the field at half-time, with Lloris charging after Son and shoving him in the back.
The Spurs skipper was clearly unhappy with his teammate’s work-rate in tracking a Richarlison run and shot moments earlier, and the pair had to be kept apart by Giovani Lo Celso as they headed down the tunnel.
“What happened between me and Sonny is part of football sometimes,” explained Lloris after the game.
“There’s no problem. At the end of the game you could see we were more than happy.”
Like so many of the games played behind closed doors, this one lacked any real quality.
Fitting then that the winning goal was a scrappy one that got the echoing trickle of applause around an empty stadium that it deserved.
Son fed Harry Kane, who went for goal in a congested penalty area. His shot was blocked, but the ball fell kindly for Lo Celso, who swivelled and fired in a powerful effort that was heading wide until it hit Keane and deflected past Jordan Pickford.
Everton’s best chance of the half saw Richarlison run at a backtracking defence before unleashing a shot from 20 yards that flashed just wide.
It sparked a rare glimpse of passion as Lloris and Son shared what their manager, Jose Mourinho, described as “a beautiful” moment.
“If you want to blame someone for that it’s me,” said the Spurs boss. “I was critical of my boys – they were not critical enough with themselves. I asked them to be more demanding of each other.
“Son is an amazing kid, everybody likes him, but the captain told him you have to do more and give more to the team.
“It’s something needed for the team to grow up – to grow up you need big personalities. When you have that reaction I had no doubts.”
The confrontation certainly seemed to wake Son up as he single-handedly tried to add a second goal for Spurs in the second-half.
The first of three good chances arrived on 54 minutes. Son beat Yerry Mina for pace before forcing a decent save from Pickford from an acute angle.
The South Korean then tried again from distance, this time curling a shot just wide. Moments later Son wriggled free again inside the box before forcing Pickford into another save.
Everton were given chances to get back into the game but failed to take advantage of a number of free-kicks in promising positions.
A low drive from Anthony Gordon – along with optimistic efforts from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean – were never going to be enough to stop Spurs from claiming three much-needed points.
Mourinho added: “It was not an artistic performance.
“Hugo didn’t have to make great saves. Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are a couple of the best strikers in England and we controlled them very well.
“We tried to score more goals and had a couple of chances with Son that could have killed the game.”
Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Lo Celso (Vertonghen 90+2), Sissoko, Moura (Lamela, 82), Son (Bergwijn, 78), Kane
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Ndombele, Skipp, Fernandes, Cirkin
Everton: Pickford, Coleman (Sidibe, 77), Keane, Holgate (Mina, 36), Digne, Davies (Kean, 77), Gomes, Iwobi (Gordon, 45), Sigurdsson (Bernard, 67), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Substitutes not used: Stekelenburg, Baines, Branthwaite, Baningime