What a victory, what a night!
Tottenham cruised to a 3-0 thumping of rivals Manchester United on MNF last night, Pochettino’s first goals and first win at Old Trafford since he took over Spurs.
A goal from Harry Kane, and two from Lucas Moura sent Spurs home with the three points, continuing their 100% record so far this season.
We take a look at five things we learned through the game.
It’s no fluke for Luke as Moura hits two
It seems that Lucas Moura makes it into every single post match segment we do at the moment, as the Brazilian continued his unstoppable form against United last night.
He fired two crisp shots past David De Gea in the United net, putting the game beyond the Red Devils.
Our newest recruit showed that he is now able to put in consistent performances week in week out, injecting some much needed pace into the Spurs side.
After playing him for just 72 minutes last season, Pochettino’s main early concern with Moura was his lack of fitness, having had a long spell on the bench for PSG.
Those worries are behind Poch now, as Moura looked to be the fittest player on the pitch last night, running the channels and driving at the United defence from the first whistle until the last.
And not only this, the man can finish. With Son away at the Asia Games, Spurs were in desperate need of a pacey gaol scorer, and in just a couple of games, Moura has already formed quite the partnership with Harry Kane.
Two goals on the night, expertly taken, back-to-back man-of-the-match awards, and a five star performance.
Tottenham can score a goal at Old Trafford!
This seems like a crazy stat, but Pochettino’s Tottenham had failed to even score a goal at United’s ground, yet alone get a win under the Argentinian’s reign.
Last night marked a historic win for Tottenham, not just in breaking the Old Trafford hoodoo, but in proving that they were ready to compete away from home against their top six rivals.
The one shortcoming in the recent glory years for Spurs has been a lack of ability to carve out a win in these big away games, with a poor record across the board.
However, with the last few results proving positive, it appears that Spurs are creeping away from this stereotype.
Spurs can win ugly!
Building on this point about playing against the rival top six clubs, Tottenham had always seemed to find it difficult to win games when playing poorly.
It sounds like a bit of an odd statement, but if you think back over every title-winning side, they all know how to carve out a slim victory even when the high-level performance wasn’t there.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s United were experts at this, but it seems that Spurs are getting better.
You can’t play at your best week in week out, the simple fact is that poor performances will eventually come, and it’s how you deal with them that determines where you will finish in the league.
Spurs showed last night, after a sloppy and frustrating first half, that they now know how to grind out a win, without playing their nicest, sleekest football.
Not only this, they managed to run rampant 3-0 without hitting anything near top gear, an excellent sign for the rest of the season.
Poch is keeping faith in Lloris
While we can’t condone his disgraceful actions for a second, it was important for Lloris to have a solid game last night.
Thankfully, the Frenchman dealt with each shot and cross with relative success, even forcing Lukaku just wide enough in the first half after a sloppy Rose back pass.
Lloris was arrested for drink driving earlier in the week, and it was touch and go whether he would be named in the starting line up, and whether he would have his captaincy stripped away from him.
Pochettino stated strongly in his post match interview that he never even considered dropping Hugo, or taking his armband, for a second.
Danny Rose is staying put
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the Spurs starting line up, even more so than Lloris and his armband, was the inclusion of Danny Rose from the start.
The England left-back had only made one appearance on the bench so far this season, as was heavily tipped for a move away before the window slams shut on August 31.
Both PSG and Marseille have been linked with the Spurs full-back, as reports suggested that he was no longer in Poch’s plans… well think again!
Playing him from the get-go in such an important match, when regular starter Ben Davies seemed fit and available, was a huge statement from Pochettino.
It appears that any apparent bad blood between the gaffer and Rose is now long gone, and the desire to sell him, complete fabrication.
Harry Kane stands up when Spurs need him most again
Toby shows United what they are missing
Dembele shows that he can grind out the majority of a game still
Wins gets some extra minutes under his belt
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