It’s not anything groundbreaking to call Tottenham’s 4-1 victory against Manchester City a massive success. The Citizens had been the class of the Premier League for the first two months of the season, and Spurs made them look pedestrian, especially in the second half.
So many positives can be taken away from the win. Eric Dier and Dele Alli controlling the midfield, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld holding firm in the back, Harry Kane netting his first goal of the season, Erik Lamela the best player on the pitch, the list goes on and on.
While this victory was a great one, it’s equally as important to not have a dip in form.
Tottenham are no strangers to huge victories. Every Spurs fan remembers having this exact same feeling on New Year’s Day this year, when eventual champions Chelsea suffered a 5-3 defeat at White Hart Lane.
As great as that win was, it was immediately followed up by a loss at Crystal Palace in a game that saw Tottenham concede a lead late in the match.
In addition to defeating Chelsea, Tottenham also had the big win against Arsenal in February. Spurs’ next match was at Anfield, and although they did play valiantly against Liverpool, a late Mario Balotelli goal saw them on the losing end.
And finally, what happened in the subsequent game the last time Tottenham defeated Manchester City? A 2-2 draw against soon-to-be relegated Wigan.
A letdown after a big win is not exclusive to Spurs; many teams across several sports have this happen. But what separates the good teams from the great teams is avoiding these hangover games, and it’s time for Tottenham to show they are indeed a contender.
October 4th at Swansea City should be the priority this week, and Mauricio Pochettino’s squad on Thursday at Monaco should reflect this line of thinking. Eric Dier and the stars from Saturday deserve a breather. Kevin Wimmer, Clinton N’Jie, and Tom Carroll are just a few of the players I would like to see start against Monaco.
However the game against Monaco shakes out, the team needs to be ready completely ready for the Swans on Sunday.
Swansea City is currently experiencing what Tottenham looks to avoid. After their win against Manchester United on August 30th, the Swans have not had another victory in any competition.
Tottenham needs to keep this momentum going and take advantage of Swansea’s poor run of form. Taking care of business at Liberty Stadium could see Tottenham in the Top 4 heading into the October international break, a feat that looked quite daunting just one short month ago.