5 Things We Learned From Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea


1. Harry Kane is the real deal

It’s no coincidence that Tottenham’s upturn in form has coincided with Harry Kane’s rise to prominence. Kane is the prolific goalscorer Spurs have craved since the departure of Gareth Bale, and he was under their noses the whole time. Intelligent, strong and direct and it’s easy to see why many Spurs fans are comparing him with another White Hart Lane hero Teddy Sheringham.

 

2. Chelsea are no longer shoo-ins for the title

It wasn’t so long ago that Chelsea’s superb start to the season led many to wonder whether they could go an entire season unbeaten. But defeat at Newcastle took the wind out of their sails and now Tottenham have hammered them. Manchester City will be rubbing their hands together. The title race is wide open.

 

3. Mauricio Pochettino needed this

Some Spurs fans have been slow to warm to the Argentine, whose early tenure was marred by some poor results, including a home defeat to Stoke in November. And even since the unbeaten run saw Spurs pick up wins against Everton and Swansea, Pochettino needed a signature win to get everyone behind him. Not many better ways to do that than with a 5-3 thumping of Chelsea. Oh, and it was the first time Pochettino has avoided defeat at the hands of Mourinho at the eighth time of asking.

 

4. Dembele and Bentaleb outmuscled Matic and Fabregas

Usually an area of the field where Chelsea are so strong, Tottenham’s central two were physical and fought for every scrap against Fabregas and Matic. They refused to let the best midfield partnership in the Premier League dictate things and got the ball to playmaker Christian Eriksen as quickly as possible. The rest of the Premier League will have been taking notes.

 

5. Tottenham still need reinforcements

Danny Rose took his goal well and Kyle Walker didn’t do anything wrong, but Spurs are weak in the full-back areas and conceding far too many goals to be taken seriously by the sides above them in the league. The arrival of USA international right-back DeAndre Yedlin is much needed, but key additions need to be made throughout the team to give Spurs a realistic shot at a top four place.