Tottenham Hotspur continue to search for the winning formula in this new Premier League season as they gave away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Stoke City at White Hart Lane.
Spurs began the game by far the strongest out of the two sides. Christian Eriksen was flourishing in his free-roaming role, whilst Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld were enjoying impressive opening spells.
Eriksen was the first to test Stoke keeper Butland, as his effort towards the near post went behind. Stoke did provide the first scare however, as Hugo Lloris’ sloppy pass almost gave the Potters the chance to go ahead.
Ryan Mason tried his luck not long after, winning a corner that would eventually lead to the opening goal of the game.
Spurs went 1-0 up through Eric Dier, who has now scored Spurs’ opening Premier League goal for two consecutive seasons. The newly appointed midfielder rose above the rest to head home the corner from Eriksen.
Spurs continued to dominate the first half. Kyle Walker received a poor yellow-card for a challenge on Arnautovic, and Harry Kane had the ball in the back of the net minutes after, only to be denied by the offside flag.
Spurs made it 2-0 just before the break. Ben Davies completed a tremendous run down the left with a cross towards the back post. Nacer Chadli met the ball and smashed it home to double their lead.
The second half went from bad to worse for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Most significantly, Harry Kane was replaced by Erik Lamela after 65 minutes and was treated for a suspected ankle injury.
Just 5 minutes later, Mark Hughes’ side found themselves back in the game as they were awarded a penalty after Arnautovic was fouled by what appeared to be Kyle Walker in the Spurs box. Arnautovic stepped up and made it 2-1, despite Hugo Lloris diving the correct way.
The misery merely continued for Spurs, as Stoke found the equaliser late on. Diouf finally beat Lloris after having multiple efforts saved throughout the game, to make the score-line 2-2. The game finished level and Spurs’ lack of leadership and lack of strikers continues to provide problems for Mauricio Pochettino.