Five things we learned from Tottenham’s battering of Crystal Palace today

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were well and truly at the races today in North London as they scored four goals in the opening 42 minutes, including two from Heung Min Son.

Here are the five things we learned from the battering of Crystal Palace:

Sonny in the sun –

Heung Min Son was able to end the game within the first half an hour today as he scored two very good goals. Tap ins they were not as Sonny collected a long-ball from Alderweireld early on, cut in, faked a shot, and slotted home. He then thumped home a volley from a Serge Aurier cross to make it 3-0 for Spurs. It looks like Son is ready to step up yet again this season.

The press was back –

One thing that has been missing for Tottenham this season has been their usual trademark high press. Spurs have been giving the opposition too much time to dwell on the ball and bring it forward to the halfway line without any pressure at all. However, from the start today, Crystal Palace players were not allowed more than a touch before a Spurs man was in their face.

Serge is back –

With a lack of right-backs at his disposal, Pochettino decided to put some faith in Aurier today. This comes after the Ivorian failed to appear in pre-season or any of the first four matches in the Prem. It’s fair to say that he grabbed the chance with both hands as he set up two of the first three goals for Tottenham and looked generally impressive.

Ndombele returns –

Tottenham’s record signing, Tanguy Ndombele, was back from injury today, with Poch giving him a good 20-25 minutes on the pitch. This tends to hint that the Frenchman may not be too far away from another start after an impressive first two against Villa and Man City.

Clean sheet? –

Tottenham Hotspur had not recorded a single clean sheet in the Premier League up until today, after conceding one against Villa and Newcastle, as well as two against Man City and Arsenal. Spurs pegged Palace back in their own half today and dealt with the breakaways well today. A well-earned clean sheet.

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