Despite two of their team having a public falling out, Tottenham beat Everton 1-0 to keep their European hopes alive.
Spurs recorded a much-needed win to keep their European dream alive thanks to a Michael Keane own goal giving them the win over Everton. He deflected in Giovani Lo Celso’s shot during the first half of a game with very little to talk about and very little to get excited about.
The pre-match talk from Jose Mourinho that he would “break the rules” and hug his friend and Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti before kick-off at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium arguably set the tone with the game having more the feel of a pre-season friendly that a genuine battle for 3 points.
The most prominent display of any fight came in a flash point between teammates Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-Min who came together as the players left the pitch for half time with the Spurs keeper shoving the South Korean and the pair needing to be separated by team-mates.
It was the biggest threat Lloris faced all game with Everton barely managing a dangerous looking attack with a late long-range strike from substitute Anthony Gordon’s arguably their best effort.
The win takes Spurs up to eighth, four points off sixth-paced Wolves and still with a slim chance of European football next season, whilst The Toffees remain in the bottom half of the table in 11th.
Spurs are next in action when they take on relegation-battling Bournemouth on Thursday night, while Everton take on Southampton on the same night.