After The Whistle : Stoke City 0–4 Tottenham Hotspur
“We forget the past. We worked hard to forget last season and focus on the present”
— Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur came into this game unbeaten in as many games so far this season. According to Mauricio Pochettino, their emphatic 4–0 victory away at Stoke to extend that run meant that they had successfully recovered from, and banished the memories of their last minute disappointing finish to last season that saw them come third, behind Arsenal…..again.
Stoke came into this game needing a victory to kick-start their season. The prospect of Wilfried Bony starting his first game since signing from Manchester city offered some hope.
After considerable speculation linking him with a move away from the club, Heung-Min Son was given a surprise start and repaid his managers faith with a brace. His performance was effective all round and showed that he can also be a team player as he linked up very well with his teammates particularly Christian Eriksen, who assisted both his goals.
When Spurs are on song, they are delightful to watch. The link up play and attacking flair of their attacking players is brilliant as Alli and Kane also got off the mark for the season as well. Kane’s goal was his first in 10 games for club and country. Spurs desperately needed him to get going in the goalscoring department if they are to challenge for the top four once again. Last seasons golden boot winner was visibly relieved as he tapped home their fourth from Son’s pinpoint cross.
For Stoke it represents another loss and an extended search for their first win of the season. Their implosion on the field extended to the touchline where their manager Mark Hughes was sent into the stands for being disrespectful to the match officials. After last season’s impressive performances, Stoke are struggling to hit their stride. They lost by a similar scoreline in this fixture last season, losing 4–1 on the night. For a team that used to be renowned for its defensive strength, seems to have gradually lost their grip on that for more attacking flair. However key players like Bojan and Arnautovic are yet to make significant impact and the absence of Shaqiri hasn't helped. New signing Bony will take some time to produce the form that saw him terrorize defenders when he was at Swansea, but Mark Hughes will be hoping for more from his team next weekend away against Crystal Palace.