On a particularly windy day in Stoke, Mauricio Pochettino’s side displayed yet another lack-lustre performance to show that the season has reached its conclusion for the North Londoners.
Tottenham were up against some familiar faces, with the travelling fans engaging in loud cheers for former Champions League hero Peter Crouch. The reception was less pleasing for Charlie Adam, a recurring and unwelcome fixture within Spurs folklore.
But it was Adam who had the last laugh, as he put the Potters ahead on the 21st minute. Spurs’ shambles of a defence led to them conceding early once again, a regular occurrence this campaign.
And if by magic (or rather Spurs luck), Stoke doubled their lead just 12 minutes later. A mix-up at the back led to Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier colliding, with the ball landing at the feet of N’Zonzi, who fired home.
Fans on social media were becoming increasingly convinced that this shocking display was a desperate attempt to avoid the Europa League next season, a sentiment that was hard to disagree with.
It seemed Spurs were not the only side attempting this, with Ronald Koeman’s Southampton showing the same lack of enthusiasm for the Europa League at the King Power Stadium.
Neither side was without chances throughout the half. Arnautovic continued to test Lloris, whilst Ryan Mason fired an effort wide of the post just before the half-time whistle. Stoke entered the break 2-0 ahead.
A pitch invader at the end of the interval made more of an impact than the Spurs team had throughout the entire first half, and this continued into the second spell.
Vlad Chiriches was sent off after 51 minutes, after receiving a second yellow card for a poor challenge on Diouf.
The afternoon grew dimmer and dimmer for Tottenham fans. The emergence of Roberto Soldado was hardly enough to inspire confidence, whilst Hugo Lloris was lucky not to give a chance away to Walters after dropping the ball inside his own area.
Stoke scored the final goal of the game with 5 minutes remaining. Diouf made it 3-0, as he right-footed the ball into the net at the near post. Stoke concluded a resounding win over a desperate Tottenham Hotspur, and matched their record of 50 points from last season.