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Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Jose Mourinho's side qualify for Europa League

By Steve SutcliffeBBC Sport
Harry Kane scores
Harry Kane has scored seven goals in six appearances on the final day of Premier League seasons

Jose Mourinho says he intends to get Tottenham back "where we belong" after they qualified for the Europa League with a hard-fought draw at Crystal Palace.

The result saw Spurs leapfrog into sixth place above Wolves, who lost at Chelsea.

"When all the players are available, we showed in this last period where we belong," Mourinho said.

"I don't know, maybe in this period, after lockdown, we finished third or fourth in the table. So that's where we belong.

"I want to have my team, my players, not a medical room full of players. I want a pitch full of players.

"Of course as a squad, the main thing is to keep our very good players and after that improve the squad.

"Are we going to buy 10 players? No. Are we going to buy players for £100m? No. We are going to improve."

Premier League post lockdown top six
Tottenham have lost just once since the Premier League season resumed in June

Harry Kane opened the scoring for Spurs, dispatching a low finish into the bottom left corner after collecting Giovani lo Celso's pass.

However, Jeffrey Schlupp levelled for Palace with a close-range finish after some poor Tottenham marking at a corner.

It was no more than Roy Hodgson's side deserved, as they ended a run of seven straight defeats.

They matched their London rivals for endeavour and could have snatched all three points, with Scott Dann heading a late effort wide.

Palace need more goals

While this was a welcome point and performance from Palace, it also perfectly characterised their entire campaign.

The Eagles may well have steered clear of the relegation battle but they ended the season with their lowest points tally since Hodgson took charge in September 2017.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham: Eagles need a player like Kane - Roy Hodgson

That has largely been due to a lack of goals, with Palace having the second-worst scoring record in the top flight, after bottom club Norwich.

It has not helped that the contributions of both Wilfried Zaha and Serbia midfielder Luka Milivojevic have dropped off significantly this term.

Both reached double figures in 2018-19 but have mustered just seven goals between them this time around.

To underscore the point, Palace registered 13 efforts against Spurs, but just two were on target.

"Even if the intention and desire from the board is to spend some money and rejuvenate the team, whether it's a possibility in the market is another matter," Hodgson said.

"Unless we get help soon, the job gets harder and harder. We need some players who can do what Harry Kane did for Tottenham today."

Dann and Jordan Ayew should both have at least worked Hugo Lloris from close range on the left side of the Tottenham penalty area.

And Hodgson, who has repeatedly stressed his desire to bolster his squad, now has around seven weeks to rectify the issue before the 2020-21 Premier League gets under way on 12 September.

Mission accomplished for Spurs

It appeared to be a case of mission accomplished for Mourinho and his staff at the final whistle as they celebrated the prospect of playing in Europe next term.

The result means that Spurs are guaranteed to earn a minimum of around £10m for their involvement in European competition next season.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham: My teams always qualify for Europe - Jose Mourinho

However, few Tottenham supporters could have imagined such a difficult campaign - or that the Portuguese boss would take charge less than six months on from their appearance in last season's Champions League final.

When Mourinho succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the club were languishing in 14th in the table.

"Of course everybody that one day plays Champions League doesn't want to go back and play Europa League - but it was the only thing possible after such a difficult season for the club," Mourinho added.

"Arriving 14th and handling things is not bad at all. I am quite happy that next season we play in the Europa League and it's just a question to motivate ourselves for that competition and try to motivate the fans to support us and do something beautiful."

While Mourinho has overseen an upturn in results and the number of goals they have scored, he is yet to remedy their problems in defence.

Eric Dier put in an accomplished performance alongside Toby Alderweireld on his return from suspension, but Palace's equaliser is likely to have infuriated the Spurs boss.

His defenders stood like statues as Dann headed a deep corner back across goal, with Schlupp converting after Ayew had diverted the ball into his path.

Until then, Tottenham had looked capable of extending their lead via the pace and power of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura, on the break.

Man of the match - Lucas Moura (Tottenham)

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura carried Tottenham's main threat down the right and almost scored a wonderful solo goal

Capital joy for Kane - the stats

  • Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their past five final-day Premier League games played at home (W4 D1).
  • Tottenham Hotspur registered just eight clean sheets in their 38 Premier League games in 2019-20, their lowest tally of shutouts in the competition since 2010-11 (also eight).
  • Crystal Palace have become just the eighth team to go through an entire Premier League season without scoring more than twice in a match and are the first side to do so without being relegated.
  • Tottenham have finished the Premier League campaign in the top six for the 11th consecutive season, after managing to do so just twice in their previous 17 seasons in the competition.
  • Only Andy Cole (nine), Les Ferdinand (nine) and Matt Le Tissier (eight) have scored more Premier League goals on the final day than Tottenham striker Harry Kane (seven in six final-day games).
  • Giovani lo Celso's two Premier League assists for Tottenham have come in his past three appearances in the competition (28 games in total).
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane netted his 31st goal in Premier League London derbies, with only three players managing more (Thierry Henry got 43, Teddy Sheringham and Frank Lampard each got 32).
  • Crystal Palace midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp has netted three goals in his past six Premier League appearances, as many as he managed in his previous 40 in the competition.

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Guaita
  • 2Ward
  • 8KouyatéBooked at 75mins
  • 6Dann
  • 39MitchellBooked at 49mins
  • 10Townsend
  • 22McCarthyBooked at 17mins
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forRiedewaldat 70'minutes
  • 15SchluppSubstituted forMilivojevicat 85'minutes
  • 9J Ayew
  • 11Zaha

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 34Kelly
  • 35Woods
  • 37Kirby
  • 40Pierrick
  • 41Gordon
  • 44Riedewald

Tottenham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lloris
  • 24Aurier
  • 4AlderweireldBooked at 61mins
  • 15DierBooked at 90mins
  • 33Davies
  • 17SissokoSubstituted forSkippat 79'minutes
  • 8Winks
  • 27Lucas MouraSubstituted forD Sánchezat 90+3'minutes
  • 18Lo CelsoSubstituted forBergwijnat 60'minutes
  • 7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forAlliat 79'minutes
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 5Vertonghen
  • 6D Sánchez
  • 11Lamela
  • 19R Sessegnon
  • 20Alli
  • 22Gazzaniga
  • 23Bergwijn
  • 29Skipp
  • 39Tanganga
Referee:
Andre Marriner

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Davinson Sánchez replaces Lucas Moura.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a set piece situation.

  5. Booking

    Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur).

  7. Post update

    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

  9. Post update

    Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur).

  11. Post update

    Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur).

  13. Post update

    Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Luka Milivojevic replaces Jeffrey Schlupp.

  15. Post update

    Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur).

  18. Post update

    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Oliver Skipp replaces Moussa Sissoko because of an injury.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Dele Alli replaces Son Heung-Min.

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