Five things learned from Tottenham's Chelsea win: Pochettino, Chadli & Walker feature


Five conclusions from Tottenham Hotspur's astonishing 5-3 win over Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Kane is the man (again)

After his double against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, even Harry Kane fans would have been taken aback.

For it's one thing seeing the Tottenham striker score in the Europa League; then in the Premier League; then regularly in the Premier League.

But to do what Kane did against a side of Chelsea's calibre - absolutely dominating them with ease... This boy could become world class.

Pochettino patience

A lot is now being made of the patience shown with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who got off to a slow start at White Hart Lane. Fair play to those fans and observers who called it correctly.

It appears the Argentine's tactical approach, as well as his intense training sessions, is paying off at Tottenham - and his players are really taking to him.

Walker's importance

One man who has already made a big difference under Pochettino, despite only recently returning from injury, is Kyle Walker.

The Spurs full-back stretched the Chelsea defence yesterday and, although he looked far from perfect defensively, the 24-year-old was a menace going forward - as he has been since coming back to fitness.

No more does Pochettino have to play Kyle Naughton or Eric Dier at right-back. And look what a difference it is making.

Chadli magic

Another star performer yesterday was winger Nacer Chadli. The Tottenham man was immense against Chelsea and supporters in north London are finally seeing the best of the Belgian this season.

Chadli has still been hit and miss this term but, against the Blues, there was no questioning his display. Was it his best in a Tottenham jersey?

Top four - why not?

The resounding nature of Tottenham's win against Chelsea should leave fans in no doubt that a top-four place - all of a sudden - is firmly within their grasp.

Yes, Spurs may struggle with consistency as the season progresses, while they also face intense competition for a Champions League spot. But just look at the Premier League table. Pochettino's men are two points behind fourth-placed Southampton and three behind third-placed Manchester United.

And Tottenham are the team in form.

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