Frank Lampard says Everton can learn from Tottenham after they were beaten 2-0 in north London on Saturday evening.
Everton were looking for a response after their defeat to Manchester United last weekend. And they should have gone ahead through either Demarai Gray or Amadou Onana in the first half.
Gray got away from Rodrigo Bentancur and raced into the box, towards Hugo Lloris. However, the winger couldn’t control his finish and sent it off target.
Onana went through on goal later on thanks to a Spurs mix-up. He shot on his left foot but appeared off balance and once again couldn’t trouble Lloris.
Everton were made to pay for their profligacy in the second half as Harry Kane opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 59th minute, following a Jordan Pickford foul in the penalty area.
And Bentancur linked up with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg late on, allowing the latter to double Spurs’ lead with a composed finish.
Everton couldn’t muster any kind of comeback and ended up losing 2-0 on the road.
During a post-match interview with Sky Sports (via BBC Sport), Lampard reacted by saying: “In the first half [it was] really disciplined, [we] didn’t give Spurs the spaces they wanted. We had two great chances and they can be the difference in these games.
Frank Lampard rues squandered opportunities
“If you take one of these chances you probably don’t lose tonight. There’s no doubt we came out in the second half slightly off it. The penalty is the difference in the game – I thought until then everything we were doing was good.
“If you watch Tottenham a lot, you know where there strengths are and you have to be adaptable. I’ve watched Tottenham and they’re happy to defend deep in their half and have a plan to attack.”
Lampard went on to admit that he has a lot to learn from Conte and Spurs going forward. “They’re in the Champions League and we’re trying to move up the table,” he said. “Maybe there are some signs for me as a coach and as a team for where we can improve.”
Onana urges Toffees to ‘bounce back’
During a post-match interview with Sky Sports, midfielder Onana said: “We had two big chances in the first half. If we score them it could be another game. Spurs did very well, they didn’t need many chances to score.
“That penalty broke us down mentally but we haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to bounce back at Newcastle.”
When asked about his first-half chance, the player replied: “I have got to do better, at least get it on target. But when I wanted to shoot, the ball jumps a bit, so I put it over.”
On Everton’s game plan, Onana said: “It worked. We stayed compact and did very well and stayed together. If we scored those chances, it maybe would have been another game. We can definitely build on that.”
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are looking to replace Man Utd and Tottenham target Milan Skriniar with an Everton player, according to reports.