Opinion: Five things we learned from Spurs’ North London Derby win over Arsenal

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Jose Mourinho
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Tottenham Hotspur defeated their bitter North London rivals this evening, scoring two goals through Heung-min Son and Harry Kane without reply.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the match:

Back to the top – In short, Spurs are back to the top of the Premier League!

Fans in good voice – Considering there were only 2,000 of them in today, the Spurs fans were in great voice! It’s hard to make yourself heard in such small numbers in a 60,000 plus stadium, so well done them! Thankfully, the players gave them plenty to cheer about!

Ndombele – It’s crazy how Spurs have gone from barely using Ndombele to relying on him so heavily within the space of six months. While the team had no problem transitioning today, there were certain moments where you just wished he was out there to retain possession and drive forward with the ball.

Bergwijn back in action – After a period out of the side, Steven Bergwijn now looks to be the top choice attacker to play alongside Kane and Son in the big games. Likely due to the workload he gets through and his defensive strength, Bergwijn seems to finally be getting into the spirit of what Jose Mourinho team is.

The transformation of Aurier – In a game in which Aurier barely attacked for 90 minutes, we can isolate his defensive performance and determine his progress under Mourinho. In comparison to when the Ivorian first joined, it’s like night and day. For three games now, Aurier has been superb at winning the ball back, starting counter-attacks and, most importantly, removing defensive mistakes from his game.

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