Spurs 4 Crystal Palace 0: Tottenham back in Business

tottenhamAfter a stuttering start to the 2019/20 campaign, we finally got to see the real Spurs for the first time this season. Following a one-sided first 45 minutes, Tottenham coasted in the second period but the 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace was a welcome result ahead of an important run of fixtures.

The win also saw Spurs jump into third place in the EPL, ahead of a clutch of teams on eight points, and we look to be in good shape ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Olympiakos.

Sonny Days

We’d tipped Son Heung-Min to play a big role in this game and the South Korean international opened his tally for the campaign with a brisk brace. Serge Aurier’s delivery set up Son for his second goal and it was Aurier who forced Patrick Van Aanholt into the error that led to Tottenham’s second.

The French right back was making his first appearance of the campaign and his impact suggested that Tottenham may just have solved that problem position. The issue with Aurier relates to fitness and potentially attitude but this was an impressive return to first team duty.

The game was rounded off by Erik Lamela who made it 4-0 just before half time and while both teams had chances in the second half, there was no addition to the scoring.

Focus

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Mauricio Pochettino

Prior to the international break, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino had spoken about his unsettled squad but now the message was one of togetherness. Focus and intent was partly behind this win so can the club now take that through the next few weeks of the campaign?

Today’s performance showed when you focus and concentrate and you are on the same page, working to the same objective, the quality is there.

Mauricio said.

This is the first step, we need to improve a lot, we need to be consistent.

The first half was like a recovery to make our fans feel proud of us.

The attitude was amazing and the performance. We were very concentrated and had tremendous quality.

I’m so happy for the team, I think it’s important for their confidence.

Busy Period

Ahead of the first round of Champions League games, there were few downsides for Tottenham in this match with the possible exception of a raft of bookings. Among the positives is the fact that a number of players are returning to form and fitness and Pochettino is close to having a full squad to select from.

Next up is that trip to face Olympiakos in the Champions League before Tottenham embark on a run of winnable fixtures in the Premier League. Leicester City will pose a tough challenge at the King Power as the Foxes have started the campaign brightly but following on from next Saturday’s game, we will host Southampton and travel to Brighton before the next international break.

Fixtures are coming thick and fast now so there’s also the trip to Colchester United in the EFL Cup before the small matter of Bayern Munich at home at the very start of the month. It’s a busy and crucial period but at least Spurs look to be in far better shape than they were two weeks ago.

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