With Pochettino producing, the players performing and the chairman delivering, the future looks bright for Tottenham Hotspur FC. A 2-0 away victory over Pochettino’s former team quickly succeeded the news that greeted Spurs fans: the green light had been given for the new 61,000 capacity White Hart Lane, paving the way for Tottenham’s future in what the fans hope will be Champions League football. Pochettino has hinted that he wants a long stay with the North London club; he wants to see his young players mature after blossoming and he wants titles. And he is going to get his titles and the support he needs if Spurs continue to play energetic and attacking football, producing results on the pitch. Today, Harry Kane made it 10 in 10 with a superbly taken goal, giving Tottenham the confidence they needed to grab a second which came just 3 minutes later, the Spurs capitalising on ‘amateur’ defending with Dele Alli pouncing. The team, unlike in previous campaigns, were able to hold out and defend resolutely to earn them the full three points.Embed from Getty Images
Performing at both ends
Harry Kane was once again on the score sheet, the Englishman taking his tally for the season up to 11, 20 off last season’s total. Kane’s skill was superb in getting past Virgil van Dijk and his goal was composed and well-taken, one we will look out for on Match of the Day tonight. While Spurs proved they can score goals, they have also improved defensively; the team forgetting the poor defensive record from last term to create one of the best centre-back pairings in the Premier League. Vertonghen and Alderweireld have been the unsung heroes of the season thus far, pushing Spurs to be one of the most solid defensive units this campaign, only trailing behind Arsenal and Manchester United.
Captain Lloris Solid
Hugo Lloris once again proved that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the league with his 6th clean sheet of the league campaign. Spurs have a goalkeeper they can trust and who performs consistently week in, week out. The French captain saved brilliantly from James Ward-Prowse in stoppage time and although it was too little too late from a Southampton perspective, it reiterated Lloris’ reputation as being amongst Tottenham’s best goalkeepers – Ditchburn, Jennings, Brown, Robinson. Spurs have produced excellent keepers over the years and Lloris is the next to enter the world-class list.
Alli on Song
Young Dele Alli was named the man of the match after the English international produced yet another box-to-box midfield display, covering nearly 11km in the 79 minutes he was on the pitch, scoring one and assisting another. If Alli continues to perform as he is, he will be surely making Hodgson’s Euro 2016 team for England. Spurs are unbeaten in 7 away games now, and they know they can rely on Alli and Eric Dier for energy, commitment and desire as they head into the festive period with tough but winnable fixtures against newly-promoted teams Watford and Norwich.
Stadium Go Ahead
The result capped off a great week for Spurs in which they had their new stadium plans approved of by Haringey Council. All the team awaits is approval from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, who has already expressed his interest in the project. The new White Hart Lane will be one of the biggest stadiums in Britain and will be the perfect home for Champions League football which the fans must surely believe is just on the horizon. This week emphasised Tottenham and Daniel Levy’s vision for the future: fast, attacking Champions League football; young English stars coming through; and, a title challenge?Embed from Getty Images