Spurs thrash QPR on Redknapp’s return
Harry Redknapp’s return to White Hart Lane with Queens Park Rangers ended with a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of a dominant Tottenham side.
Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli scored twice for spurs, with Emmanuel Adebayor and new signing Eric Dier also finding the net for the home side.
The result means new manager Maricio Pochettino has made the perfect start to life in North London winning all three of his competitive games in charge.
QPR have now lost both their games since returning to the Premier League and are yet to score.
Redknapp’s return to the club he left in 2012 was the big talking point before the game and the 67-year-old was afforded a warm welcome by the Tottenham faithful.
So to was another ex-Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle who is now a first team coach under Redknapp.
Spurs showed no sign of fatigue from their midweek game in Limassol dominating the early stages of the game and it didn’t take long for their superiority to pay dividends.
Christian Eriksen dispossessed Loic Remy, which lead to a Spurs break and Adebayor crossed from the left hand side to Nacer Chadli who brought the ball down and delicately lifted the ball over the advancing Robert Green.
It should of been a short lived lead for the home side as Matty Phillips fluffed his lines when through on Hugo Lloris’ goal after a sublime 40 yard pass from Joey Barton.
QPR were made to rue the miss as Tottenham reasserting their supremecy, Eriksen smashed the underside of the bar with a fantastic 25 yard free kick before Eric Dier notched Spurs’ second of the week and his second goal of the week with a near post header from an Erik Lamela corner.
Lamela, who has been revitalised since his countryman Pochettino has taken the Tottenham hot seat, played a major part in Spurs’ third. Neatly turning away from one man the Argentine travelled with the ball before floating a cross on to the head of Chadli who easily dispatched his second.
Rangers gave debuts to new signings Leroy Fer and Mauricio Isla, but neither could help their side handle the slickness of the Spurs passing and the home side added a fourth just after the hour mark.
Danny Rose broke away and centred for Adebayor who neatly finished first time.