Tottenham Hotspur looked as if they would drop two vital points at home today as a resolute Burnley defence threatened to keep a clean sheet at Wembley.
However, a late late strike from Christian Eriksen in the 91st minute was enough to snatch all three points for Tottenham.
This keeps Spurs five points behind the League leaders, Manchester City.
Here are five things we learned from today’s game.
Champions League hangover
Tottenham may have been suffering from a classic case of Champions League hangover today at Wembley. After putting everything into the do-or-die fixture against the Spanish giants in midweek, it was not surprising to see a slightly tired and flat performance from many of the Tottenham boys. The only saving grace is that Spurs got through this game without dropping any points, giving them a few more days to rest before they go again.
Depth is key
Perhaps something Tottenham have lacked in recent years, but this Pochettino squad has depth. Kieran Trippier came in to replace Kyle Walker-Peters. Skipp made his full debut in place of Winks and Dier. Davies was comfortable covering at centre back, and Lucas and Son were rotated once again. The squad has two or three players for every position, and big names to come off the bench if needed, as Eriksen did today.
Wembley is wearing
Tottenham are done with Wembley. It shows in the performance of the players, and the attitude of the crowd. On a cold and wet Saturday afternoon, people simply don’t want to be sat in a half empty stadium with no atmosphere. Spurs want to be in their new stadium, and the charm of Wembley wore off a long time ago. It’s just about surviving the empty seats and quiet games until they get to the promised land now.
A Skipp too far
With Davies playing out of position, and Trippier playing his first match back from injury, perhaps this wasn’t the best time to play Oliver Skipp. The youngster did well, but I think Spurs couldn’t have done with a more experienced and creative head in the centre of the park today. Pochettino had already shaken the pack up quite a bit, I think giving Skipp his full debit may have been one step too far.
Spurs can win ugly
Spurs showed yet again today that they can win ugly. It has been a quality severely lacking from their team for many years, but Spurs are now enjoying their best ever start to a Prem season, despite not playing at their best. Being able to grab all three points on a day we would have dropped two or three in the past is invaluable to a top four/title charge.
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