Some thoughts on Saturdays spectacular win over West Brom:
Saturdays victory over West Brom was a sight to behold, Spurs tore a normally structured West Brom side to shreds, playing some of the finest football that the Lane has seen in years. It was an absolute privilege to be at the Lane on Saturday, I witnessed some of the best football I have ever seen down the Lane. The first 45 minutes of football was breathtaking, Spurs were flawless, the intensity of their play and the way in which they moved the ball around, was magical. We were two up within 25 minutes courtesy of goals from Harry Kane and an own goal from Gareth McAuley, the minute Eriksen’s heavily deflected effort hit the back of the net, was the exact moment that we knew we had deflated West Brom, and that the game was effectively settled. After putting in a superb first half performance where we led by two goal to nil, the team came out for the second half, and did not rest on their laurels. Spurs reduced their intensity in the second half, but they didn’t once lose their concentration, as Kane grabbed two goals late on to get his third league hat-trick in a Spurs shirt. Kane’s third goal was special, Alli lofted a beautiful pass inside the area, which went over the defender and in front of Kane, who calmly volleyed the ball home with a precise finish, a truly spectacular goal worth rewatching, time and time again!
We now sit in second place in the table, seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino’s side are maturing and showing many positive signs that will be exciting the Spurs supporters ahead of such a crucial part of the season. If I were to individually rate our players performances from Saturdays match then I would award every single player a rating of 10, so was the flawlessness of the performance that I could actually sit in my seat and relax and appreciate the performance as if it were a piece of cinema. Harry Kane was fantastic against the Baggies, he was so clinical and alert, it was without doubt one of his most complete performances of the season. However, the player who was my man of the match was Christian Eriksen. I thought that Eriksen was outstanding and that he was the most influential player on the field in my eyes. Eriksen dazzled at the Lane, his movement and vision was something else, the Denmark international registered two assists against West Brom, taking his league total for the season, up to 8. Moussa Dembele also played exceptionally the Belgian, was an engine in the midfield he simply overwhelmed the Baggies in the centre of the park. I could go on and on about the fantastic individual performances that were seen on Saturday. The only downside on Saturday, was the potentially serious ankle injury that Jan Vertonghen suffered, I’m hoping it’s not as worse as first feared though, his been immense this season.
The question that will be popping up now in the media, will be can Spurs challenge for the league? Well, Mauricio Pochettino certainly thinks so! “We have more belief now and we are much better than last season. We have nine more points than we had at at this stage of last season [after 21 games]”. After Manchester City’s 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday, Pochettino’s side will be relishing the opportunity to do the double over Guardiola’s side. Talk of us winning the title may be too premature, but personally I believe that we have a good chance to silence the doubters. Bring on Saturday! COYS