Pochettino couldn't have done much better. Spurs find themselves top of the league after 2 wins in 2 and have adopted the Argentine’s style with open arms.
For anyone at White Hart Lane on Sunday, or those streaming online, the quick counter attacking football was a pleasure to watch. The stuff footballing dreams are made of.
Forgotten man, Erik Lamela was central to our positive attacking movement, interchanging with Chadli, who on his first start this season also began to prove many doubters wrong. The ball was moved quickly with one touch passing, frequently using the overlapping runs of both Danny Rose and Eric Dier, the sort of attacking system Pochettino developed so meticulously at Southampton.
Defensively Spurs also looked solid, despite QPR offering very little in an attacking sense. Dier filled in at right back for the suspended Kyle Naughton and looked incredibly assured and composed. Another positive was seeing Vertonghen back, and with Kaboul looking shaky against West Ham on the opening day, he looked far more comfortable next to the experienced Belgian. Danny Rose seems to have found new motivation from Pochettino’s tactical prowess and showed in his overall performance, the challenge new signing Ben Davies will have to establish a permanent spot in the starting XI.
In midfield, Spurs looked dominant against a less-than influential Rangers middle third. Capoue and Bentaleb broke up the play with ease and frequently looked forward when possession was won. A stand out moment was the well-publicised 48 passes, culminating in a brilliant turn by Lamela who then set up Nacer Chadli beautifully for his second of the day. A move involving each member of the team at least once, but Capoue especially, who is slowly edging his way down the shaft of Pochettino’s pen to become the first name on the teamsheet.
A more than positive start for Spurs, who despite the positives of yesterday’s performance are more than aware of the tougher tests to come. Pochettino can take confidence from the team’s adoption of his philosophy however, and if initial performances are anything to go by, Tottenham fans can look forward to a promising season ahead. Next up, Liverpool at home. To Dare Is To Do.