By Juan Aguerrevere
Mauricio Pochettino had to make some changes to his squad after a well fought mid-week Champions League win over Manchester City. Harry Kane (ankle), Harry Winks (groin) and Delle Alli (wrist) came out of the game with injuries.The Spurs’ manager also rested a few players, featuring birthday boy Kyle Walker-Peters, Juan Foyth, Victor Wanyama, Fernando Llorente and Lucas Moura against relegated side, Huddersfield.
Jan Siewert's side featured 3 changes from last week along with a very tight 4-5-1 formation. Juninho Bacuna, Elias Kachunga, and Florent Hadergjonaj started leaving Alex Pritchard, Aaron Moy and Tommy Smith on the bench.
Huddersfield looked strong defensively in the first 20 minutes shutting down Tottenham through the middle. But the North London side, were just too much.
Ben Davies' pass to Llorente ended up as a perfect weighted through ball for Wanyama who was originally crashing the box looking to connect with Llorente. Wanyama rounded the keeper and tapped it in for his first Premier League goal this season. Just two minutes later, Wanyama's midfield partner, Moussa Sissoko charged forward and flicked the ball on to Moura, who had spun in behind his defender. Moura fired an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
After the second goal, Llorente had 4 close attempts at goal including a magnificent volley that struck the crossbar. Siewert's late formation change and subs made the Terriers more dynamic going forward, but also it also left space for Tottenham to exploit. Assisted by Christian Eriksen and Heung-Min Son, Moura was able to complete his first Premier League hat-trick late in the game. Fans and Moura celebrated the special moment with his baby showing his serious tekkers on the field. Another game and another clean sheet for Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.