Spurs ratings as attacking players, led by Christian Eriksen, shine in stunning win

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Alli and Eriksen were among the Spurs attackers to star in win over Chelsea.

Tottenham delivered a stunning performance to end Chelsea‘s unbeaten start to the season, with Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-min getting the goals in a 3-1 win.

The victory should silence some of the criticism surrounding Spurs this season, as they tore their derby rivals apart in a dominant display.

Here’s how the players rated.

STARTING XI

Hugo Lloris 7 – Barely had anything to do, but the few times he was called into action, he acquitted himself well.

Serge Aurier 8 – Aurier would have expected a tougher test, matched up against Eden Hazard, but he handled the threat of the Belgian with surprising ease.

Juan Foyth 6 – Lucky not to give away a penalty when Spurs’ lead was just one goal, but defended well otherwise. Won his duel with Alvaro Morata handily.

Toby Alderweireld 7 – Alderweireld was largely untroubled in defence, showing how toothless Chelsea were. He and Foyth have struck up a good partnership that handled whatever little Chelsea could throw at them.

Ben Davies 8 – An excellent display from Davies on the flank, the Welshman was calm and composed in possession and got forward regularly.

Eric Dier 8 – One of the England midfielder’s best displays in a long time, as he helped Tottenham control the game from the middle of the park. Didn’t let Chelsea, and Jorginho especially, settle into any sort of rhythm.

Moussa Sissoko 8 – The Frenchman’s resurgent season continued on Saturday as he put in a dominant display in midfield, haranguing Jorginho and supporting both attack and defence with aplomb.

Christian Eriksen 9 – Pulled the strings in midfield with his usual array of passing, and set up Tottenham’s win by assisting the first goal with a typically brilliant free-kick.

Dele Alli 8 – Scored one, probably should have had another, and picked up an assist as well. Alli loves playing against Chelsea – that’s now six goals and two assists in six games against the Blues – and this was another stellar display.

Son Heung-min 8 – Missed one easy chance in the first half, but made amends with a stunning second-half goal. Chelsea couldn’t handle his pace and trickery in support of Kane.

Harry Kane 8 – Loses marks for an incredible second-half miss from six yards out. Apart from that one, particularly shocking, blemish, Kane was excellent, scoring with a good strike and driving Tottenham forward.

SUBSTITUTES

Erik Lamela 7 – Came on and delighted the crowd with some cheeky dribbling, as he reveled in Spurs’ dominance.

Harry Winks N/A – Brought on as a late substitute with barely any time left to have an impact.

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery reveals his secret to learning English – watching Peaky Blinders

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Unai Emery

Unai Emery has revealed his secret to learning English – the Arsenal head coach watches Peaky Blinders.

The Spaniard replaced Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium in the summer and has undergone intensive courses to improve his English.

Emery, 47, has spoken in English at all of his press conferences since being appointed and has clearly become more comfortable in recent weeks.

He takes his side to Bournemouth on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches, although the Gunners have drawn four of their last five games.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss spends much of his down-time watching football, with Bournemouth counterpart Eddie Howe telling the BBC earlier in the week that he is “addicted” to the game.

Unai Emery has revealed he is a big Peaky Blinders fan.

Unai Emery has revealed he is a big Peaky Blinders fan.

Emery admits he is driven to work hard but will relax in front of a box set of the Birmingham-based crime drama and that it is also working as a learning aid.

“I don’t know if it (football) is an obsession,” he said.

“In each profession, you need to feel passion for that in order to give it your best performance. football is my passion.

“It’s my work, but I don’t think every day that it is my work, it’s my best hobby. I feel very big the passion. I am doing my work with my desire.

“I can stay with my family, with my son, with my friends. Now I am watching English series to improve my English. Peaky Blinders. It is good but it is difficult (to understand), from Birmingham. And it’s very aggressive. But it’s good, it’s good.”

Emery and Howe followed a similar path into management – both having their playing careers cut short through injury.

Arsenal have got off to a good start under Emery.

Arsenal have got off to a good start under Emery.

While Emery retired due to a knee injury at the age of 32, Howe was three years younger when a similar problem ended his own career.

Both have impressed since moving into the dugout and Emery believes a premature end to a career on the pitch makes managers more determined to succeed.

“I think, yes,” he said when asked if moving into coaching in such a manner makes you more hungry to do well.

“In my personal experience, in my home, when I was very young all my family was in football – my grandfather, father played as a professional in Spain. I felt all the time football in my home. And when I could not be a player, my focus was: I want to continue in this world and in this professional activity.

“I started like a coach and today I am here. I think a similar situation may have been experienced by the Bournemouth coach.”

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Luiz deserves to be dropped after Spurs' stunning win over Chelsea

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Tottenham delivered a stunning statement win on Saturday, beating Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley to end their derby rivals’ unbeaten start in the Premier League.

The result means Spurs have beaten Chelsea in consecutive league games for the first time in 31 years, an astonishing stat that reinforces how far Tottenham have come under Mauricio Pochettino.

Here’s a look at the talking points from the game.

LUIZ DESERVES DROPPING

David Luiz has always had his moments of defensive unreliability, but even by his standards, this was a shocking display. Arguably, it was worse than his showing in Brazil’s infamous 7-1 loss in the 2014 World Cup semi-final.

The way he moved out of the way of Harry Kane’s shot for Tottenham’s second goal was unforgivable. It was the sort of lack of responsibility that gets a player relegated to the reserves for a long time. Most managers would have hooked him at half-time just for that.

Maurizio Sarri probably should have, because Luiz was culpable for Spurs’ third, as well. While Son deserves the plaudits for his excellent slaloming run to beat first Jorginho and then Luiz, the Brazilian defender made the Tottenham man’s job easy. His attempted tackle was more just a run past Son with little attempt to steady himself and offer any resistance to the Korean.

The Chelsea manager has, for whatever reason, been loathe to play Andreas Christensen this season, but surely it has to happen after this performance. Even Gary Cahill, who is looking to leave the club, deserves a shot to prove he should be first-choice. Because Luiz definitely shouldn’t be.

Luiz's defending was shocking.

Luiz’s defending was shocking.

SPURS PASS LATEST BIG TEST

If every big game is a referendum for Tottenham, then they come out of this one with their status as contenders this season intact, if not enhanced. They’re still only five points behind league leaders Manchester City, but more importantly, this was the sort of performance in a big game that shows Spurs mean business.

There’s been an air of disappointment around the club despite Tottenham enjoying their second-best start to a Premier League season. The delay over the stadium move, home losses to Liverpool and City, laboured rather than brilliant performances in their wins, and their struggles in the Champions League, where they have just one win in four games, have all led to a sense that the club is stagnating, which in this age is equivalent of being in decline.

But this result, and the performance that came with it, should change that. Spurs absolutely ripped Chelsea apart, in a way that even Liverpool weren’t able to when they faced the Blues earlier in the season. Kane is back in form, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen’s return to fitness has come at the perfect time, and their supporting players – Moussa Sissoko, Son, Erik Lamela, and Lucas Moura, have all stepped up at various times this season. Things are looking up again.

Tottenham look back to their best.

Tottenham look back to their best.

CHELSEA NEED PLAN B

Sarri will no doubt be conducting an inquest of his defence, but he has an equally big problem on his hands further up the pitch. For the second straight game, the opposition focused their attention on Jorginho, and Chelsea looked toothless as a result.

The Brazilian has been looking like one of the signings of the season, for good reason. His control of play in midfield, the way he dictates the tempo and always picks the right pass, have been integral to Chelsea’s revolution under Sarri. The problem is, everyone knows that, and now they’re figuring out how to stop him.

Everton did it last time out, with the Toffees midfield crowding out Jorginho in the middle of the park and denying him time and space on the ball, and Spurs took that blueprint and ran with it on Saturday. Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier were excellent in shutting him down, and Tottenham controlled the game as a result.

So what does Sarri do next? The second half of this game began with Luiz playing plenty of long diagonals from defence, and it was at least proof that Chelsea do have an alternative, even if long-ball is not Sarri’s style at all. And in fairness, not every team will be able to neutralize Jorginho like this. But the manager needs a way to respond when they do.

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