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Monday Hoddle of Coffee: Recapping Tottenham’s Victory and Other Links, September 12, 2016

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Football is fun again.

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

That’s more like it, eh? 4-0 winners and we deserved it too. Aside from a rough opening quarter hour, we bossed Stoke from end to end, limiting their chances and looking consistently dangerous in the attack. A few brief notes from my first watch of the game:

  • The long ball game worked much better this week. When we struggled to get the ball through the midfield initially, the long ball was key to getting the ball into the attacking third and setting up our attack.
  • When the game is being played in the attacking third, I’m not sure there are many clubs in England that can cope with us. If the game is open and end-to-end (as it was against Liverpool) we can struggle, but if we’re able to keep the ball mostly in the attacking half (and especially the attacking third) teams just crumble under the pressure.
  • It was so good to see Eriksen and Alli looking like Eriksen and Alli.
  • We could be on 14 points from six games when we host Manchester City in October. That’s a fantastic start. We just need to play like this against Sunderland and at Middlesborough and it can happen.

Here are some Spurs related links:

Poche’s Post-Game Comments

Paul Doyle’s Match Report

Eriksen Bounces Back

And here are the rest of the links:

Miguel Veth previewed the other Champions League match from our group this week as CSKA Moscow prepares to visit Bayer Leverkusen.

I’m very, very OK with us signing Janssen as our backup striker. That said, Twossa is sure looking good up in Scotland.

Luka Modric is still really, really good.

A year ago people were worried about the age of Manchester City’s squad. These days that’s, umm, not a problem.