A result that restored pride and relevance back into our Champions League campaign as Spurs trounced the Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade, in front of a delirious home crowd.
But let’s not get carried away, please. As Mauricio Pochettino remarked in his post-match press conference – it’s only one match. What is key now, is for Spurs to build on the feel good vibes around this victory and begin a winning sequence.
Critics may point to Red Star’s miserable 1st half performance as contributing to the result but that would do a severe injustice to the manner in which Spurs set out to put behind several weeks of under-performance.
Right from the kick-off it was clear that the boys were eager to carry on from where they had left off in that second half Watford performance and went into half-time with a well-deserved three goal lead.
Harry Kane’s opening goal within 10 minutes was a rarity, a headed goal from an in-swinging Erik Lamela corner. Then, it became the Son Heung-Min show as the South Korean demonstrated why he is on the Balloon D’or shortlist with two excellent finishes from assists by Lamela (again!) and Tanguy Ndombele, respectively.
The second half was basically the same and by the 60th minute, Spurs were 5-0 up with goals from the vibrant Lamela and clinical Kane. The way Red Star had capitulated, Spurs could have had seven or eight to be honest but perhaps credit must be given to the strong performances from the likes of Kane, Son, Lamela, Ndombele and Dele Alli, back to his precocious self.
Worth noting that the side did not include wantaway players like Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen and whether one is entitled to draw inferences from their exclusion depends on your perspective. Certainly, the Spurs players on the pitch appeared to be highly committed to do their best and played as a cohesive unit.
The likes of Eric Dier, Juan Foyth and Giovanni Lo Celso made significant cameo appearances that suggest that they may provide viable options for the difficult fixtures ahead, without having to rely on the unreliable.
It’s a start, for sure, and the real test of any progress comes on Sunday with the difficult challenge of the unbeaten league leaders Liverpool at Anfield.
COME ON YOU SPURS!!!