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Tottenham 0-2 Aston Villa: Emiliano Buendia & Douglas Luiz increase pressure on Antonio Conte

Buendia scores for Villa
Spurs conceded first for the seventh Premier League game in succession

Manager Unai Emery praised his Aston Villa team after they increased the pressure on Tottenham boss Antonio Conte with a “fantastic” away win.

An error by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in his first game back since the World Cup allowed Emiliano Buendia to score, before Douglas Luiz doubled the lead at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Villa have won back-to-back away league games as they improve under Emery.

“We are so happy. We competed very well,” he said.

Lacklustre Spurs, who fell out of the Premier League top four on Saturday, have now won only two of their past seven matches.

France keeper Lloris endured a shocking moment in the 50th minute. He spilled Luiz’s long-range effort and Ollie Watkins squared the rebound for Buendia to slam home.

Luiz started and finished the move to make it 2-0, sliding a pass to John McGinn before racing on to receive the return and chipping cutely past Lloris.

Emery told the BBC: “Spurs were pushing us and we had options in the attacking third, and that was good for our confidence. Adding three more points was fantastic.”

Spurs were booed off at the final whistle, while some fans directed angry chants towards chairman Daniel Levy.

Emery maintains strong record against Spurs

While Emery’s reign at Arsenal was not a success, he did manage to get the better of Tottenham, going unbeaten in three games against their local rivals.

He continued that trend on Sunday, a solid defensive performance justifying the decision to leave out a World Cup winner.

It appeared this contest would pit the two keepers who faced off in the 2022 World Cup final penalty shootout against each other, but Argentina’s spot-kick hero Emiliano Martinez had to settle for a place on the bench.

Robin Olsen kept his place in goal as Emery named an unchanged team from the side that lost to Liverpool on 26 December.

He was rewarded. Watkins and Buendia were bright to pounce on the opening Lloris handed them, while Luiz and Boubacar Kamara controlled midfield.

“Luiz and Kamara is a good combination,” said Emery. “To mix both of them is fantastic. Their performance today was fantastic to help us to win.”

Victory ensured Emery became the first Villa manager since John Gregory in 1998 to win his first two Premier League away matches.

“Every day when we are working, the players show me very good attitude and commitment,” he said. “They show today how they can run, be together, be disciplined together tactically and use our skills.”

Emery also set a record of 55 Premier League games in charge without being involved in a goalless draw, surpassing former Spurs boss Ossie Ardiles.

Leaky Tottenham continue to worry Conte

Having lost their place in the top four to Manchester United, the onus was on Tottenham to produce an improved performance.

While they did improve on their previous five games by not trailing at half-time, Spurs continue to look disjointed, exemplified after 18 minutes when Son Heung-min ripped off the protective mask he wore throughout the World Cup and threw it away in frustration.

Striker Harry Kane also cut an irritated figure, coming deep into midfield to get the ball after barely touching it in the early periods.

The England captain came closest to opening the scoring in the first half.

Ivan Perisic was played in over the top before being forced wide by keeper Robin Olsen, but he cleverly dinked a cross back over for Kane to head down. Ashley Young covered, having initially played Perisic onside, and managed to direct the effort behind for a corner.

Perisic should have scored shortly after Buendia’s opener when the ball fell kindly 15 yards out and he scooped over the bar.

However, Spurs set an unwanted club record of conceding at least two goals in seven successive Premier League fixtures.

They looked toothless in attack – Bryan Gil made his first league start in place of the injured Dejan Kulusevski, but was replaced just past the hour following an anonymous display – and Conte looked more miserable as his side slipped towards another worrying defeat.

Player of the match

Douglas LuizDouglas Luiz

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  2. Squad number44Player nameKamara

  3. Squad number10Player nameBuendía

  4. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  5. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  6. Squad number18Player nameYoung

  7. Squad number2Player nameCash

  8. Squad number5Player nameMings

  9. Squad number25Player nameOlsen

  10. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  11. Squad number27Player nameDigne

  12. Squad number23Player namePhilippe Coutinho

  13. Squad number31Player nameBailey

  14. Squad number9Player nameIngs

  15. Squad number16Player nameChambers

  16. Squad number20Player nameBednarek

Line-ups

Tottenham

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Lloris
  • 17RomeroBooked at 28mins
  • 34LengletBooked at 31mins
  • 33DaviesBooked at 37mins
  • 2DohertySubstituted forEmerson Royalat 80′minutes
  • 38BissoumaBooked at 59minsSubstituted forSarrat 80′minutes
  • 5HøjbjergSubstituted forSkippat 88′minutes
  • 14PerisicSubstituted forSpenceat 88′minutes
  • 11GilSubstituted forR Sessegnonat 63′minutes
  • 10Kane
  • 7Son Heung-min

Substitutes

  • 4Skipp
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 12Emerson Royal
  • 15Dier
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Forster
  • 24Spence
  • 25Tanganga
  • 29Sarr

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Olsen
  • 18Young
  • 4KonsaBooked at 66minsSubstituted forIngsat 82′minutes
  • 5MingsBooked at 56mins
  • 27Digne
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forCoutinhoat 78′minutes
  • 44Kamara
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forBednarekat 82′minutes
  • 10BuendíaSubstituted forChambersat 82′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 31BaileySubstituted forCashat 66′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1E Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 8Sanson
  • 9Ings
  • 16Chambers
  • 17Augustinsson
  • 20Bednarek
  • 23Coutinho
  • 35Archer

Referee:
John Brooks

Attendance:
61,651

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