Hugo Lloris showed his class with former teammate Dele Alli, who returned to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Everton on Monday night.
Dele, who spent seven years with Spurs before leaving the north London club in January, came on with 20 minutes remaining in place of Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
However, Everton were 5-0 down at the time. A brace from the in-form Harry Kane plus further goals from Son Heung-min and Sergio Reguilon, and a Michael Keane own goal, earned Antonio Conte’s side a deserved and impressive three points.
On the other hand, it’s obviously a terrible result for Everton and their recently-appointed manager Frank Lampard.
The Toffees now find themselves 17th in the Premier League table, just one point outside of the relegation zone.
They do, however, have one game in hand over 18th-placed Burnley and have played two fewer matches than Watford and Norwich City in 19th and 20th place, respectively.
Hugo Lloris shows his class with Dele Alli after full-time
Lampard will be relying on the likes of Dele to haul Everton, who have never been relegated from the Premier League, away from the drop zone over the coming weeks.
Dele didn’t get the chance to say a proper goodbye to Tottenham’s fans before his January exit – but Lloris made sure the England international was given an overdue send-off from the Spurs faithful after Monday’s game.
Alasdair Gold, football.london’s Tottenham correspondent, posted a photo of Lloris leading Dele over to Tottenham’s fans after full-time.
“Lovely moment as Hugo Lloris takes Dele Alli over to say a proper goodbye to the Spurs fans,” Gold tweeted.
Lovely moment as Hugo Lloris takes Dele Alli over to say a proper goodbye to the Spurs fans. pic.twitter.com/cufhzN7FlY— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) March 7, 2022
Tottenham have also released footage of the wholesome moment after full-time:
🎶 I just don't think you understand 💙 pic.twitter.com/zWzqlKYTw3— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 7, 2022
No doubt that would have meant the world to Dele.
Let’s check out some of the reaction from fans:
This photo is pure class 🤍💙 pic.twitter.com/UzPpadbnUk— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) March 7, 2022
Lampard ready for the challenge of keeping Everton up
Despite suffering his heaviest defeat as a manager, Lampard insists he’s ready for the challenge of keeping Everton in the top flight – starting with the club’s next two league fixtures against Wolves and Newcastle.
“I will be ready for them, the players will be ready for them, they have to be ready for them,” he said, per BBC Sport.
“I didn’t walk into the building with a magic wand.
“The feeling at this club when I came here was we could be going down. It was clear around the city, it was up to me to change that and I thought we had changed that.
“But this is a test of that. I had 20 years as a player, I had hundreds of periods like this.”
He added: “The general feeling has been very good and we cannot lose that because people will throw things at us for one bad game,” he said.
“We have to think of the bigger picture – there are 13 games to go.
“Before I came in, there were issues and they are becoming clearer. But it is important the positivity remains, not stupid positivity.”