Lamela had a £30 million game
For the first time in the Premier League, Erik Lamela justified his giant transfer fee. The Argentine was confident, energetic, creative and carried plenty of threat throughout, assisting two goals for a rampant Spurs side. He delivered a pinpoint cross from a corner for Eric Dier to score, and then made a wonderful run across the pitch before another super ball to Nacer Chadli. His passing and touch was outstanding, and having looked like an improved player over the last few weeks, he will get the chance to show just how good he is next weekend against Liverpool.
Chadli could be another of the ‘magnificent 7’ that comes good
Another of the players that suffered heavy criticism last year was Nacer Chadli, who struggled to get regular game time and was very much in and out of form. The Belgian was phenomenal against QPR, regularly dropping inside to adopt a centre forward position, and the ex Twente man scored two goals to double his Premier League total from last season. As such a strong and powerful aerial option, he worked really well alongside Adebayor, and it is difficult to imagine Aaron Lennon or Andros Townsend displacing him if he can replicate this form.
Pochettino’s pressing game played dividends
Mauricio Pochettino's pressing tactics succeeded spectacularly against Harry Redknapp's side, with the home team dominating in the middle of the park and the entire Spurs team working really hard to get to the ball or the opponent as early as possible. It was noticeable how quickly defenders were willing to come and meet the ball, denying the space for QPR players to threaten, while Etienne Capoue and Nabil Bentaleb, and then Mousa Dembele, also did a strong job in midfield. But Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela also did an admirable job, and it is this commitment and work ethic that could set Tottenham apart this season.
Spurs players looked to be enjoying their football again
Something else that was very much noticeable, was that for the first time in months, if not years, the players seemed to enjoy themselves at White Hart Lane. A ground with high expectations, the Spurs faithful would have been hugely impressed with the manner and skill with which their side put QPR to the sword, and gave Tottenham's many skilful players the chance to impress. If Pochettino's men need any more encouragement as to why they should work hard from the first minute to the last, they should just look at the opportunities, and the quality of football, that it allows.
If Tottenham can bring these sort of performances to big games, who knows where they’ll end up
Though the result, and more importantly for some, the performance, was excellent, it is worth remembering that it was against a poor QPR side that looked completely at odds with the 352 formation they employed in the first half. It is encouraging of course, but the real test will be next weekend against last season's runners up Liverpool. The previous campaign saw plenty of wins against sides below Spurs, but it was the games against those just above them that were the difference between 6th and 4th spot. No home game was more difficult than the 5-0 loss to Liverpool in December that saw Andre Villas-Boas lose his job, and if Tottenham can apply this level of performance to games like next Sunday's, the club can definitely aim for Champions League places.
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