Quick links

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino in pictures: Spurs' start to the season

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Having led last year's battle to deny Leicester, Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur side have hit the ground running in the 2016/17 Premier League.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoSpurs got the campaign underway with a 1-1 draw

Fresh off the back of last season's disappointment of finishing in 3rd place, followed by a pre-season that included a 6-1 win over Inter Milan and a 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, Spurs got their season off to a start with a visit to Everton's Goodison Park.

It was the worst possible start for Spurs, with Ross Barkley scoring directly from a free-kick after only five minutes.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane, whose partnership proved to be the driving force of last year's side, struggled to get into the game until early in the second half when new signing Vincent Janssen entered the fray.

The change had an instant impact. In the 59th minute, Kyle Walker whipped in a cross that Erik Lamela buried into the back of the net, and Spurs suddenly looked as if they would go on to achieve an opening-day win.

As it was, the outstanding 'keeping of Maarten Stekelenburg kept out Spurs and they had to make do with a draw.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Tottenham's Victor Wanyama scores their first goalPochettino celebrates after Victor Wanyama scores Spurs' first goal

It didn't take much longer for Spurs to get their first three points of the season when Palace visited White Hart Lane.

Janssen continued the impressive start to his Spurs career, putting in an excellent individual performance, but it wasn't until the 82nd minute that Pochettino's men managed to get on the scoreboard.

Victor Wanyama was the scorer, heading home from a corner for his first goal for the club. It wasn't convincing, but Spurs had their first win.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoPochettino implores his side to do more

Next up was the visit of Liverpool to White Hart Lane, and Spurs' unconvincing start to the campaign continued.

Liverpool took the lead at the end of the first half through a James Milner penalty.

As in the match against Liverpool's local rivals Everton, it took until the second half for Spurs to get a stranglehold on the match, and in the 72nd minute Danny Rose scored with a low drive from an Eric Dier cross.

Had Sadio Mane not had a goal ruled out for offside, Pochettino's side may have succumbed to a defeat at the home ground. As it was, they continued their unbeaten start to the season but were still to score more than one goal in an encounter.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Stoke City's Wilfried Bony at the end of the matchPochettino embraces Stoke City's Wilfried Bony at the end of the match

If Pochettino hoped that the international break could refresh his charges and see them burst out of their goalscoring funk, he got his way.

Spurs made the trip to Stoke and simply blew Mark Hughes' men away, winning 4-0.

Son Heung-min scored twice either side of half-time, before Dele Alli and Harry Kane - with his first goal of the season - doubled the lead to four.

The addition of Alli and Kane to the scoresheet was symbolic of Spurs' sudden discovery of form, with the two having somewhat flattered to deceive since returning from England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign - though Kane still looked far from his best.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoPochettino looks forlorn as his side get their Champions League campaign off to a losing start

Spurs' next match was to be an historic occasion, as they took to their new European home, Wembley, to take on AS Monaco.

Sadly for Pochettino, his team did not match the occasion and found themselves 2-0 down after 31 minutes through goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar.

Toby Alderweireld headed in on the stroke of half-time to give Spurs a glimmer of hope, but they were unable to find an equaliser in the second half.

Harry Kane's woes continued, missing his team's best chance late on in the game, and given that Spurs had defeated Monaco 4-1 last season, the convincing win at Stoke remained an outlier for the beginning of the season.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino"One goal will do."

Spurs returned to Premier League action on the weekend and it was a case of more of the same. They continued their unbeaten domestic record for the season against Stoke, but only hitting the back of the net once.

All told, Spurs enjoyed 74% of possession and engineered 31 shots on goal, but only Harry Kane's shot just before the hour mark made it sat Sunderland 'keeper Jordan Pickford, who had an outstanding game.

A win's a win, but given Spurs' dominance, they can be annoyed that they failed to score more goals at home to a side languishing in 19th place.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoNot bad, but could do better

Despite not really setting the world alight, Tottenham find themselves unbeaten and in 3rd place, and for that reason, Mauricio Pochettino can be pleased with his start to the season.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch