The pick of Saturday's 3pm kick offs was Tottenham vs Stoke City at White Hart Lane. Spurs went in 2-0 up at the break and were cruising for a large portion of the second half, until a Marko Arnautovic penalty sparked a Stoke comeback, with the game ending 2-2.
With both sides able to take both positives and negatives from the clash, we look at some of the lessons learnt from the game.
Harry Kane is Vital for Spurs
Although Kane, once again, did not get on the score sheet he managed to prove that he is much more than a goalscorer. He was a constant menace to the Stoke back four, providing an aerial threat as well as making dangerous runs into the channels.
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His hold up play provided an outlet for Spurs when they were soaking up pressure from Stoke, an outlet that was lost when he went off with a calf injury. Spurs were pushed deeper into their own half following his removal and it was pivotal to Stoke's comeback. Fortunately, Kane's injury doesn't seem serious but it was a stark reminder of their lack of depth up front.
Stoke Will Cause Big Teams Problems
Despite their poor first half display, Stoke impressed with the tenacity and determination they showed. Stoke deserved a draw last week in their 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, and managed to gain a greatly deserved point against Spurs. Steven Ireland and Mame Biram Diouf were particularly impressive and can cause problems for any side.
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Spurs are Still Soft at the Back
Despite huge investment in their defence, bringing in three defenders this summer, Spurs still struggled to deal with Stoke's direct approach to the game. Pochettino even played Eric Dier, a natural centre back, as a holding midfielder in an attempt to solidify the defence.
However, this didn't help as Stoke scored two goals to gain a point. Spurs have only kept one clean sheet in the 11 home fixtures they have played in 2015, showing the extent of the problem, which must be addressed for Spurs to have a successful season.
The season is only two games old, so plenty of time for both side to improve, and plenty of time for us to learn more about these sides. Spurs travel to Leicester next week, whilst Stoke travel to Norwich.
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