Tottenham produced a stunning display this afternoon to beat Manchester City 4-1.
Lamela: hope at last?
Ever since Erik Lamela's move from Roma to Tottenham, the Argentine winger has been a major disappointment. Yet today, we finally saw what he can be capable of with a virtually perfect display. Lamela was a threat to the City defence throughout, and got himself on the scoresheet with a calm finish when it would have been much easier to panic. Add in that the 23-year-old worked incredibly hard and it's easy to see why Lamela was man of the match today - prompting hope that he can finally realise his potential this term.
Wingers aiding defensive improvement
Lamela's hard work played into this aspect of Tottenham's display, but Son Heung-min on the opposite flank also played his part. Tottenham's two wingers worked relentlessly, providing cover for full backs Kyle Walker and Ben Davies. City found it hard to attack through the flanks, and it means that Tottenham remain their surprisingly excellent defensive record this season; something Pochettino will be ecstatic with.
Dier's brilliance continues
Last season, Eric Dier played as either a centre back or a right back in a promising debut campaign for Spurs - yet this season, the 21-year-old has been pushed into holding midfield, and he continues to thrive there. Dier drops into defence to start attacks, breaks up play superbly and even got himself a goal in an outstanding performance. Fans wanted a holding midfielder to be signed over the summer, such as Southampton's Victor Wanyama, but Dier's performance mean that Pochettino may not need to look for another player.
The drought is over
Finally, Harry Kane's goal drought is over. After such a successful season last term, Kane's goalless start to this campaign had worried many supporters, even though his performances continued to be impressive. Today though, Kane finally scored with an instinctive finish to make it 3-1, and looked dangerous from then on. With the duck broken, Kane now needs to go on another goalscoring run in the coming weeks, reminding fans just how prolific he can be.
Spurs' ultimate goal this season is to break back into the top four, but after an inauspicious start to the season, fans had doubts over whether that was realistic or not. Today though, Spurs showed that they can beat the title challengers, and in convincing fashion. It will, of course, take a season-long effort to replicate this performance, but Spurs have proven that on their day, they can challenge anybody - making a run for the top four potentially realistic this season.