Five things we learned about Tottenham after Southampton victory

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Tottenham beat Southampton 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Lloris answers critics with world-class display

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have earned much of the praise for Tottenham's defensive record this season, but Hugo Lloris proved his quality again on Saturday. Lloris received some criticism for his part in Newcastle's 2-1 win over Spurs last weekend, with many feeling that he could have done better with both Magpies goals. However, the Frenchman made a string of outstanding saves to keep Southampton at bay, and as a truly world-class player, Tottenham need him to produce similar displays over the course of the summer.

Defensive depth on show

Tottenham's backline has been impressive, with Kyle Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Danny Rose forming a strong back four on a weekly basis. Yet, with Rose missing against Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino had to shuffle his pack and bring Ben Davies in. Fortunately, the Welsh international produced a solid display and proved that Tottenham can rotate their defenders when needed. With Kieran Trippier offering cover for Walker and Federico Fazio and Kevin Wimmer backup for Alderweireld and Vertonghen, Pochettino has strong defensive options at his disposal - and that was evident at Southampton.

Dembele's return sparks victory

Belgian international midfielder Mousa Dembele has been a key player for Tottenham this season, but he missed the game against Newcastle with a combination of injury and illness. Spurs lost that game, but were back on top form with him back in the team. Dembele provided power and drive in the middle of the park, and his return certainly helped Tottenham claim their win. A previously inconsistent player who flashed ability, Dembele is now a consistent star for Tottenham, and his absence against Newcastle proved just how important he has become.

Kane's confidence is flowing

Spurs fans will remember that, earlier in the season, Harry Kane was played clean through on goal against Everton, only to get the ball caught up in his feet and the chance went begging. Almost four months on, Kane danced through a number of challenges from the Southampton defence before slotting past Paulo Gazzaniga. It's clear that, after a slow start to the campaign, Kane has confidence flowing through him once again, and that goal against Southampton will go down as one of his best in a Spurs shirt.

Bouncing back in style

After losing 1-0 to Manchester United on the opening day of the season, Spurs went on a 14-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. Now, after losing to Newcastle, Tottenham hit straight back with an impressive win, once again proving their ability to recover from adversity. In all competitions, Tottenham have yet to lose two games in a row - and Pochettino should be delighted with how his side are able to bounce back.

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