Five talking points from Tottenham's win over Bournemouth, featuring Pochettino and Rose

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Tottenham beat Bournemouth 3-0 today - here are five talking points from the game.

Tottenham are pushing Leicester all the way

After Leicester's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, there was again a chorus of 'the gap is too large', with the pressure back on Spurs to beat Bournemouth. They did just that, and it's clear that Mauricio Pochettino's men are ignoring the 'fairytale' at the King Power Stadium. The gap is back down to five points, and whilst Spurs have some tricky fixtures ahead, they will be pushing Leicester all the way after today's excellent performance.

Rose - England's best left back?

Another win, another outstanding display from Danny Rose. The left back has been superb of late, and his displays have earned an England call-up. Now though, Rose's brilliance - as seen again in today's win over Bournemouth - means that he may in fact be Roy Hodgson's best option at left back. Sure, he has options like Ryan Bertrand, Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs and even West Ham's Aaron Cresswell, but Rose is in the best form of any of those players.

Settled starting line-up

Pochettino has rotated aspects of his side this season; the full backs have changed regularly, whilst Son Heung-min, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli have rotated out wide. Now though, with the Europa League off the table, Spurs look to have a settled starting line-up, with the only foreseeable change being Jan Vertonghen slotting back in for Kevin Wimmer at centre back upon his return from injury. As we enter the final stages of the season, that stable XI may be a major positive for Pochettino.

The Kane doubters are quiet - again

After his superb season last term, many fans and pundits were still suggesting that he needed to impress this season before being called a truly top class striker. A slow start to the season fuelled the idea that Kane was a 'one season wonder', but the people who suggested that are very quiet tonight. Kane's two goals in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth now means he's the outright leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 21 goals to his name, again proving that he belongs in the conversation alongside the elite strikers.

Pochettino vidicated

Much has been made of Pochettino's decision to field weakened teams against Borussia Dortmund, culminating in the 5-1 aggregate defeat in the Europa League. However, Tottenham were sharp from the first whistle - quite literally with Kane's goal inside 45 seconds - and overpowered Bournemouth throughout. Christian Eriksen particularly looked reinvigorated after a rest in midweek, and Pochettino will feel vindicated after his decision paid dividends this afternoon.

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