Tottenham made it two wins out of two, to temporarily send them top of the Barclays Premier League, after thumping Queens Park Rangers 4-0. Goals came from Nacer Chadli (2), Eric Dier and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Spurs began the game very well. Erik Lamela and Eric Dier began by crossing from the wing, providing some dangerous moments at the back for the – at the time – three-man QPR defence. But after continuous pressing and chances, Tottenham took the lead through Nacer Chadli. After some superb buildup play from Lamela and Eriksen, Emmanuel Adebayor clipped a ball to the far post, only for Chadli to chest the ball down, compose himself and ultimately fire it into the back of the net. After a mixed first season at the club, this will send the Belgian nicely on his way in this campaign.
The first half excelled wonderfully from there. It was clear that the system implemented by Pochettino oozed attacking threat. The continuous pressing and pace that we perhaps missed against West Ham were finally coming through, and it really was making the difference on the pitch.
Christian Eriksen had the next big chance of the game. After Erik Lamela won a freekick on the edge of the area, Eriksen stepped up to hopefully, replicate the multiple attempts he made from that spot last year. After striking the wonderful effort, the ball came off the under side of the bar, and despite a scramble in the middle, the ball eventually found its place over the bar. Eriksen was always on the cusp of a goal throughout the game, however was unlucky not to find the net.
The game was progressing at a steady pace, with the home side continuing to build pressure. The second goal came on the thirty minute mark. Eric Dier scored his second goal in two weeks to put Tottenham even further ahead. His wonderful header at the near post was enough to shoot past Robert Green, and write Dier’s name further into Tottenham folk law.
With half-time soon approaching, there was to be one more goal in store for Spurs. Erik Lamela took on a darting run through the QPR defence, opening them up severely. His driving run took him wide, only for the Argentine to then clip a ball to the far post, leaving Nacer Chadli free to head home the third goal, acting as another devastating blow to Redknapp and his staff.
The second half took a much slower pace. Redknapp’s substitutions changed the complexity of his defence, and made it more difficult for Spurs to break them down. Erik Lamela was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. Adebayor threaded the ball through to the winger, inside the QPR box, only for the ball to become trapped under his feet and subsequently go out of play. Had he used his right foot, the events of the the 54th minute may have panned out differently.
Just ten minutes later, the game was written off completely. Emmanuel Adebayor latched onto a Danny Rose cross to fire home the fourth goal, sending the club temporarily to the top of the league on goal difference. Despite a slow game for the striker, this would have come as a welcome confidence boost, after his misfortunes at Upton Park the week before.
The game soon teetered out, with only a handful of QPR chances adding pressure to Lloris at the end. The game finished 4-0 and came as another positive result for Pochettino. The Argentine remains unbeaten as Spurs boss, and has successfully manoeuvred two London derbies, coming out victorious on both occasions.
Lloris – Had nothing to do all game. (Good)
Dier – Another wonderful goal (Very good)
Kaboul – Some shakey moments (Average)
Vertonghen – Good challenges and movement (Good)
Rose – Outstanding performance (Excellent)
Bentaleb – Very solid from the young man (Good)
Capoue – Good performance, Sandro who? (Good)
Lamela – Off the ball play was immense (Very good)
Eriksen – Did everything but score (Good)
(MOTM) Chadli – Two goals and wonderful display (Very good)
Adebayor – Good goal but quiet day (Average)