In perhaps Tottenham’s most impressive display of their failed title bid last season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side thrashed Stoke City 4-0 at the Brittania Stadium. At the final whistle there was a genuine belief amongn the Spurs camp that they could catch Leicester.
We all know how that ended. But in only the fourth game of the current campaign, the north Londoners sent out a statement of intent with yet another rout of Stoke, a side revered for their home performances; the noisy Britannia failed to intimidate Pochettino’s young side for the second successive visit.
That’s not completely true. Stoke had Tottenham a little rattled early on, pressing high and troubling a Spurs back line intent on passing it out from the back.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes was sent to the stands around the half-hour mark after his side were denied a couple of decisions, which sent the home fans into their usual tirade of boos and jeers.
The anger of the supporters helped Tottenham to settle. It was as if the team was feeding off the perceived injustices. Heung-Min Son opened the scoring moments before the break, cleverly volleying in Christian Eriksen’s low cross.
The floodgates opened when Son grabbed another ten minutes into the second half with a wonderfully taken goal. Shortly afterwards, Dele Alli swept home a Kyle Walker cut-back to rub salt into Stoke’s wounds.
Harry Kane was also on hand to tap in his first goal of the season from close range, securing a thumping victory for the visitors. Pochettino will hope the win can kick start another impressive campaign.