Hugo Lloris' saves and Heung-min Son's goals, who scored a hat trick, sustained Tottenham Hotspur in their visit to Villa Park, where they took the three points with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa.
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The Spurs took advantage of the slip-ups of Manchester United and Arsenal, who both lost, to consolidate their position in fourth place, three points ahead of their nearest pursuers, Mikel Arteta's Arsenal.
Lloris, in a sublime first half, prevented Villa from taking the lead, especially with four key interventions that stopped Steven Gerrard's side, well-led by Philippe Coutinho.
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But Villa failed in front of goal and there Tottenham were impeccable. The first came from Son after just three minutes. After a defective shot by Kane, the South Korean caught the ball in the area and put it next to the woodwork.
At 0-1 up early, Lloris was on hand to prevent an equalizer until Antonio Conte's men scored in the second half. On the counter, Dejan Kulusevski made it 0-2 with a cross-shot from almost no angle. The Swede, who arrived from Juventus in the summer, has landed on his feet at Tottenham and has become an undisputed starter.
The assist provided by Kane would not be the last from the Englishman converted into an attacking playmaker. The striker would comb a long ball from Cristian Romero to leave Son alone against Emi Martinez. The South Korean did not miss. It was a double for him, but there was still one more goal to come.
The victory leaves Tottenham fourth, five points behind Chelsea, who are third, and three ahead of Arsenal. However, with a game in hand. Villa, whose season is already saved, have suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, the worst run since Gerrard arrived on the bench.