In the past, Tottenham Hotspur seemed to struggle following international breaks, but the panacea for those troubles seems to have been a trip to Stoke-on-Trent to face the Potters. Spurs looked like the team we saw for so much of last season as they put Stoke City to the sword in a 4-0 victory.
There were a number of good performances to talk about in this match. Heung-Min Son, who withdrew from the South Korea’s squad to return to Tottenham to train, was rewarded with a start by Pochettino and paid back his manager with a wonderful brace. Christian Eriksen, he of the newly signed contract, looked like his old self; and both Dele Alli and Harry Kane ended their scoring droughts.
Spurs remain one of four unbeaten teams in the Premier League—alongside Manchester City, Chelsea, and Everton—and find themselves in the top four for the first time this season.
In case you don't remember how the ratings work from last year, I'll lay out the rating system just in case you've forgotten.
- I don't even know how to describe this level of bad.
- Very bad
- Below Average
- Above Average
- Very good
- World Class or Amazing
Without further delay, here you go: