Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur seems to be taking the season by it head and off to a flying start after nailing Southampton to a 4-1 win.
Falling behind with only 12 minutes on the clock as James Ward-Prowse netted from the edge of the box, Conte’s men weren’t behind for long as Sessegnon netted nine minutes later. In the right place to powerfully head home Dejan Kulusevski’s inswinging delivery, the wing-back was incredibly happy to score moments after not gambling at the back post.
Bentancur had swung in a lovely cross on his right foot, with Sessegnon electing against attacking the ball in the six-yard box as Kyle Walker-Peters cleared unchallenged. He was visibly angry with himself after not throwing himself at the ball and doing exactly what Conte wants from his wing-backs when a cross comes in from the opposite flank.
Seconds after not taking his opportunity, the ex-Fulham man made sure he got the better of Walker-Peters this time around to get on the end of Kulusevski’s cross. It was an emphatic finish from the 22-year-old, who was a standout player in the 4-1 win.
Kulusevski really is a joy to watch for Tottenham. Playing a major role in Tottenham securing a Champions League berth last term with some incredible performances in the run-in, the Swede started where he left off in the opener against Saints.
He was a constant menace down Tottenham’s right wing, causing problem after problem for the Saints defence as he looked to wreak havoc in the final third. Registering five goals and eight assists in the final few months of last term, Kulusevski didn’t take long to get his first assist of the campaign as he put in a brilliant cross for Sessegnon to finish at the far post.
Looking to pick out his teammates at every opportunity, the Sweden international almost had another assist to his name shortly after the restart after once again picking out Sessegnon. The goal his performance deserved arrived just after the hour mark, curling the ball into the bottom corner in style after Emerson Royal had teed him up.
He was simply immense on a brilliant day for the Lilywhites.