Tottenham Hotspur recently enjoyed a comfortable victory over an injury littered Aston Villa. They won the Capital One Cup game 4-0 away from home, and although the scoreline was flattering, Spurs did at times play some exciting football.
New signing Eric Lamela did not have a big impact on the game, but at times did appear to be a threat and did find himself getting past the Villa defence.
Although his impact was not major, Spurs often looked for Lamela and the other winger Harry Kane. Both were positioned hugging the line and pushing up on the front line.
Tottenham fully capitalised on a weak Villa team often attacking down the flanks, taking advantage of Villa's narrow formation.
However, it was the Tottenham central midfielders that impressed, the Brazilian pairing of Sandro and Paulinho controlling the midfield, and oozing South American class.
Paulihno and Sandro played very well off each other. One supporting the defence allowing the other to move forward, repeatedly exchanging passes, highlighting the fact that the Brazilians may enjoy playing together.
Paulinho was usually the man that played deep and supported the defence but when he made the odd run forward Sandro instinctively dropped back. The understanding between the two players was exciting to see and a partnership that could develop into a dangerous combination.
Whereas Sandro was the advanced midfielder. Sandro did not venture, too far forward but his vision was tremendous. Passing the balls to all angles, Sandro was certainly one of the best players in the game. He also assisted the defence, more so in the second half not allowing many attacks to generate steam.
Paulinho found the net himself, scoring a goal at the near post from a corner with his movement being the key part of the goal, and was his strong point throughout the game. When Paulinho was to move forward he crafted himself space and looked for quick one two passes to manoeuvre the ball forward.
Kane also impressed - the youngster clearly had heaps of confidence - dancing around the 18 yard box and trying to beat his man almost all of the time. The young Englishman looked hungry and surely enjoyed his night.
Jermain Defoe also proved again he is quality infront of goal, and punished a wounded Aston Villa with two goals, scoring his second - and Tottenham's fourth - in stoppage time.
It was a disappointing night for Villa, but the partnership of Spurs' Samba stars will be one to monitor as the season progresses.
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