Tottenham Hotspur were in peremptory form against Queens Park Rangers at White Hart Lane on Sunday, as they got the better of their London neighbours 4-0.
It was a complete performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who made it two wins out of two in the Premier League (click here to read more).
Eric Dier was one of the best players on the pitch, and was as good in defence as he was in attack. The 20-year-old summer signing from Sporting Lisbon scored in his second successive game for Spurs and was strong at the back.
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Two other Spurs players also stood out because of their performances: Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli. While the former provided two assists and enthralled all Tottenham fans with his dribbles and passes, the latter scored twice.
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Tottenham legend Osvaldo Ardiles was watching the game at White Hart Lane and took to social networking site Twitter to have his say after full time.
Very good win for Spurs. Impressive. QPR not so good. Lots of new players. It will take time for players to blend.— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) August 24, 2014
However, winning 4-0 at home always impressive. The pressing, the fitness of the players. And some quality as well. Drier, man of the match— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) August 24, 2014
But not only him.Like Ericksen,Chadli and specially Lamela Playing all of them with a lot of confidence. You can see the work of the manager— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) August 24, 2014
Had a great time at The Lane, as always. Specially seeing old friends: Glenn of course, plus Harry, Kevin Bond and all the Spurs boys— osvaldo ardiles (@osvaldooardiles) August 24, 2014
Indeed, as Ardiles noted, it was a team display from Tottenham orchestrated by a certain Pochettino. The Argentine was appointed Spurs’ manager this summer and seems to have galvanised the side.
What Pochettino has also managed is make Lamela regain his confidence. The Argentina international winger, who joined the North London club from AS Roma for a reported transfer fee of £30 million last summer, was written off as a ‘flop’ last season, but this term the 22-year-old is on fire.
Of course, Tottenham have a history of false dawns and things could well go south in the coming months, but at the moment the future looks bright for the Lilywhites. A top-four finish in the Premier League? Why not?