Tottenham Hotspur put their North London derby troubles behind them this evening as they cruised to a 3-1 win against struggling Southampton.
Goals from Kane, Moura and Son sealed all three points at Wembley for Pochettino’s men, sending them back up to third in the table.
Here are the five things we learned from the match:
The fullbacks offer so much more
Having Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier back tonight made all the difference for Tottenham. Whether it was their own personal quality, or merely having the option of fresh legged players, they provided a different kind of out-ball all match long. Trippier in particular found space down that right channel time and time again, causing the defence real problems.
Lloris is back
Lloris was finally back to his very best this evening, putting in a man of the match worthy performance. The Frenchman has played well in recent weeks, but this has been his first stand out world class showing in a while. Hugo pulled off some fabulous fingertips stops, as well as a superb second half double save.
Still defensively naive
Despite this being a great performance from Tottenham, it was slightly worrying the number of clear cut chances Southampton found themselves getting. Perhaps Tottenham took their foot off the accelerator, but on another night the Saints could have found a couple of goals a lot earlier in the match. Something to think about for Pochettino.
Skipp has a role to fill
It was a big night for young Oliver Skipp today, as the teenager made his first appearance in the Premier League for a little while. The faith Poch has in this youngster, not only to name him on the bench regularly, but to give him game time too, is a great sign. Hopefully we can see him getting more and more minutes through the season, much like Harry Winks did on his own breakthrough campaign.
Back to third
Well that didn’t last long, did it? After all Arsenal’s celebrating and mockery of Tottenham slipping down to fifth, Spurs are back into third again. The Gunners dropped points this evening, drawing to Man United, and Chelsea lost 2-1 to Wolves. Spurs leapt above both London rivals to reclaim the third spot.
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