Son Heung-min starred in the North London sunshine as his double inspired Tottenham to a 4-0 rout of hapless Crystal Palace.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have not been at their most fluent in the early throes of the Premier League season but from the moment Son scored a classy 10th-minute opener Spurs ran riot.

Spurs scored all their goals in a devastating opening 45 minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Patrick van Aanholt turning Serge Aurier's low ball into his own net, Son adding an expertly taken volley and Erik Lamela finishing a clinical move.

A failure to add to their tally in the second half was no reflection of their play and Pochettino can reflect on Spurs' most enterprising performance of the season.

Spurs made the breakthrough when Son brilliantly controlled Toby Alderweireld's punt over the top before checking onto his left foot and picking out the bottom-right corner.

Son was influential in Spurs' second, picking out Aurier - making his first start of the season - and his cross hit Van Aanholt before wrong-footing Vicente Guaita.

The best was still to come. Aurier again had space on the right and his deep cross was met with a blistering left-foot volley from Son.

A relentless first half culminated with Lamela slotting Harry Kane's excellent cross under Guaita at the end of a devastating break.

Harry Winks dragged a daisy-cutter narrowly wide almost immediately after the restart and Son saw a clip over Guaita after chasing down a Mamadou Sakho mis-control fall agonisingly wide of the post.

Spurs were unable to inflict further damage but the hosts ran down the clock in the most comfortable fashion.


What does it mean? Spurs find some rhythm 

A low-tempo start to the season had some pundits questioning whether Spurs had gone stale under Pochettino. Their home performances thus far – a late comeback win over Aston Villa and a loss to Newcastle United – did little to quieten those opinions but Spurs were energetic, slick and clinical on this occasion to spark some life into their season.

Super Son a menace for Palace

Spare a thought for Palace's usually stoic backline, who were run ragged by the South Korea international. As well as his goals, Son - who has scored in all four of his home games against Palace - was full of running and creativity. He never gave the Eagles' defence a moment's peace. 

Sakho struggles on comeback

Palace, who had conceded just twice this term prior to Saturday's clash, were a collective shambles at the back. Sakho, playing for the first time since February due to a knee injury, was thrust back into action due to Martin Kelly being unavailable and was well off the pace. Son was superb for the opener, but Sakho should have done more to defend Alderweireld's long pass – it was a moment that summed a torrid outing.

What's next?

Tottenham were runners-up in the Champions League last term and start their bid to go one better with a trip to Greece to face Olympiacos on Wednesday. Palace welcome Wolves to Selhurst Park a week on Sunday.

Harry Kane struck a sensational stoppage-time winner from the centre circle as Tottenham claimed an entertaining 3-2 International Champions Cup win over Juventus in Singapore on Sunday.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, who won the competition last year, forged ahead in the 31st minute courtesy of Erik Lamela's close-range strike, but the Serie A champions stormed back thanks to goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Half-time substitute Lucas Moura pulled Spurs level in the 65th minute, though, before Kane beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from just inside Juve's half deep in added time.

Tottenham continue their preparations for the 2019-20 campaign against Manchester United in Shanghai on Thursday, while Juve face Serie A rivals Inter in Nanjing a day earlier.

 

Maybe Juventus are not ready to give up on signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba just yet.

Pogba, 26, has been linked with a return to Turin and a move to Real Madrid as he looks for an Old Trafford exit.

But, just as it looked like Juve were struggling and Madrid was the midfielder's most likely destination, that may have changed.

 

TOP STORY – JUVE TO OFFER THREE PLAYERS IN MOVE FOR POGBA

Juventus could offer a fee plus three players in their move for Manchester United star Pogba, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Full-back Joao Cancelo, attacker Douglas Costa and midfielder Blaise Matuidi are the players mentioned for potential moves in the report.

Meanwhile, ESPN FC report Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told coach Zinedine Zidane that it will be very difficult to sign Pogba this close season.

 

ROUND-UP

- Barcelona are still trying to find a way to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou from Paris Saint-Germain. According to Sky Germany, Barca are offering €100million plus two players, having given PSG a list of six that includes Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Malcom. That is up from the earlier offer of €40m plus two players. According to Sport, Barca have made Coutinho and Rakitic priorities to be sold.

- After being linked to Bayern Munich, Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to re-sign with Chelsea. The Daily Mail report the 18-year-old England international will sign a five-year deal worth more than £100,000 per week to stay at Stamford Bridge.

- Giovani Lo Celso apparently wants to join Tottenham, but Spurs are unwilling to meet Real Betis' £60m (€66.8m) asking price, according to The Sun, who say Erik Lamela could be added into a deal. Danny Rose could also reportedly leave Spurs and Sky Sports say PSG are interested in the left-back.

- Arsenal have beaten their north London rivals to the signing of Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba, according to ESPN FC. Arsenal will complete the signing of Saliba for £26.9m (€30m) and loan him back to the Ligue 1 club despite late interest from Spurs, the report says.

- Another reported Arsenal target, Wilfried Zaha, has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave, according to The Sun. Arsenal have reportedly had a £40m bid for the attacker rejected.

- Bayern Munich are ready to meet Celta Vigo midfielder Brais Mendez's €25m release clause, according to Kicker. Mendez, 22, was handed a Spain debut late last year and scored six goals while providing seven assists for Celta in LaLiga in 2018-19.

Erik Lamela insists Tottenham cannot allow nerves to ruin their "dream" Champions League final against Liverpool.

Spurs will play their maiden European Cup final in Madrid on Saturday, bidding to deliver the first silverware of manager Mauricio Pochettino's five-year tenure.

But while most of the Tottenham squad are preparing for the biggest match of their careers so far, Lamela is keen for them to relish the occasion.

"I think it is a game we have to enjoy," Lamela said. "When we were young, we dreamed of playing these games and now we have the opportunity.

"We need to work hard and focus this week and, when we get to the stadium and get onto the pitch, we need to know what our responsibilities are. But we need to enjoy and try to take the opportunity to be part of history for this club.

"I try to keep calm and I think of all that I have done to arrive here in this position. Those things never leave you. We have a great opportunity with this game. We have to enjoy it."

And Argentina international Lamela recalls the success of compatriots Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa in winning the 1981 FA Cup with Spurs. The former also lifted the 1984 UEFA Cup – the club's last continental triumph.

"I would like to win a trophy with this club just like Ossie did," he said.

"When I was young I used to watch the Premier League and, of course, I knew of Tottenham because of Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa. I speak more with Ossie because I see him more at the training ground than Ricky.

"It would be fantastic to help Tottenham make history."

Mauricio Pochettino feels sorry for Harry Kane and Tottenham's other injured players as they are missing out on an "exciting moment" for the club, but hinted the striker could play again this season.

Although the best Spurs can hope for domestically is a third-placed finish, they have reached the Champions League semi-finals this season, having knocked Manchester City out in the last round.

Next week Spurs will play their first-leg clash at home to Ajax, who have remarkably progressed past defending champions Real Madrid and Juventus.

But several players will miss out or are major doubts, including Harry Winks, Erik Lamela, Serge Aurier, Moussa Sissoko and Kane, who was rumoured to be out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury.

However, with Spurs' season potentially extending to June 1 if they reach the Champions League final, Pochettino has not given up hope of Kane and the rest featuring again before the campaign finishes.

When asked about the recoveries of Kane and Winks ahead of Saturday's visit of West Ham, Pochettino said: "They are okay. They are both so motivated to recover as soon as possible.

"With all that we're playing in the period that we are in, it's so difficult for the players to be out.

"For Lamela, for Serge Aurier, Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Moussa, it's so difficult because it's such an exciting moment for the club and team, and you see yourself outside of the squad and not involved in the games.

"It's so tough, so sad for them, but altogether we try to keep pushing them, helping them, being focused because I think they can return if we have some luck and perform in the way that we want.

"Maybe all these players that we're talking about today have the possibility to play before the end of the season and that is a massive motivation.

"They must think that they can help the team to finish the season."

Dele Alli faces a late fitness test ahead of Tottenham's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City, although Harry Winks will miss out.

Alli suffered a broken hand during last week's first leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which Spurs won 1-0 thanks to Son Heung-min's 78th-minute strike.

The England international sat out the 4-0 weekend win over Huddersfield but has not been ruled out entirely, while Erik Lamela will also be checked after returning to training following a hamstring injury.

"We need to assess him," Mauricio Pochettino told a pre-match news conference about Alli.

"We are going to have the last training session today and then we decide whether he can be in the starting XI or start on the bench."

Jesse Lingard, Felipe Anderson, Kasper Schmeichel and Erik Lamela will all wear unique hand-painted boots inspired by Electronic Arts' (EA) sci-fi adventure video game Anthem from this weekend.

EA's collaboration with adidas has also involved French boot designer Pierre Navarro, who has produced the artwork adorning each of the one-of-a-kind boots.

Navarro, who has previously crafted designs for boots worn by Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was tasked with coming up with artwork inspired by the 'Javelin suits' available for players to wear in EA's Anthem game.

Each customisation is said to reflect the specific player's playing style and modelled on either the Storm, Interceptor, Ranger or Colossus suit.

Lingard's Storm design has been made to highlight his ability "inflicting damage from distance"; Anderson will wear Interceptor due to being "the most agile, equipped with lightning-fast speed"; Lamela is an "all-rounder that has strong defence and attack" to reflect the Ranger, and Schmeichel will sport Colossus as the "most powerful, commanding the combat area".

England international Lingard said: "I love that these boots are completely unique to me.

"I'm into my fashion, so to have bespoke boots is pretty special. I can't wait to get out on the pitch to see whether I can deliver some damage from long range like the Storm."

Anderson, Lamela and Schmeichel will all don their boots this weekend, with all three set to be in action on Saturday.

Manchester United's Lingard has been out injured with a hamstring problem, though, meaning he will wear Storm when he returns.

Erik Lamela has warned that Tottenham have no time to feel sorry for themselves after Thursday's EFL Cup exit as they continue to fight for silverware on three fronts.

Spurs' first shot at a trophy ended at the semi-final stage as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea after the Blues overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge.

The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate before Eric Dier and Lucas Moura both failed with their spot-kicks, handing Chelsea a place in the final against holders Manchester City.

And while disappointed, Lamela says Spurs should not dwell on their elimination given they are still in the Premier League title race, the FA Cup and the Champions League.

"The season is long and we need to move on," he told the club's website.

"It's another game in three days [in the FA Cup fourth round against Crystal Palace] and the season isn't finished.

"We're out of this competition, that's hard for us but we need to keep going forward, always."

And Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs will bounce back from the disappointment and end their 11-year wait for silverware.

"I think it was a brilliant performance from us, obviously Chelsea played well, so it's a shame," he told Spurs TV.

"We probably both think that we deserved to win. I think that Tottenham definitely deserved to go to the final but this is life.

"We have a lot of chances to come back and we will, this is what we do. We've had it in the past but we're so strong mentally and physically in every single way, that is what makes us good."

Mauricio Pochettino admitted Christian Eriksen's future is largely beyond Tottenham's control as transfer speculation intensifies around the playmaker.

Denmark international Eriksen, 26, is a free agent at the end of next season and talks over a contract extension have reportedly stalled.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are considered the frontrunners should he decide to leave London.

Eriksen has blossomed into one of the Premier League's most influential players since arriving from Ajax in 2013 and his departure would be seen as a significant setback for Tottenham.

"I'm not a person that suffers too much in this sort of situation," Pochettino told a news conference.

"Football is dynamic; it's about interests the manager sometimes can't manage.

"Of course, Christian Eriksen is so important for us. As a manager you would like to have this type of player with you, but in the end it's a negotiation.

"It would be fantastic if Christian commits with the club for a long time. If not, it's his right to do what he wants to do.

"He is happy here, he is showing his commitment. Then, what is going to happen between him and the club is not only in our hands."

Fellow midfielder Mousa Dembele has long been linked with an exit and appears far from certain to see out the season with Spurs.

Dembele, sidelined since November by an ankle injury, returned to training alongside Jan Vertonghen (thigh) on Thursday, but Pochettino was unable to guarantee the 31-year-old would remain at the club beyond the end of the January transfer window.

"I don't know," the Argentine said. "That is going to be a club decision, of course involved with the player and the people that are with him.

"At the moment I don't have any news. In that business there are different parties that are involved. Then it is about negotiating, talking, and seeing what the different parties want."

Dembele and Vertonghen will both miss Spurs' FA Cup clash with Tranmere Rovers on Friday as they work towards full fitness, while Erik Lamela is to sit out through illness.

Tottenham survived a second-half Wolves fightback to leapfrog Arsenal into the top four with a hard-earned 3-2 away win on Saturday. 

Erik Lamela could win his first Argentina cap in more than two years after winning a recall for November's twin friendlies against Mexico.

Mauricio Pochettino commended Erik Lamela for his match-winning display for Tottenham against West Ham on Saturday and challenged him to find consistency after hitting a purple patch. 

Erik Lamela continued his fine run of form as he scored the winning goal in Tottenham's 1-0 London derby triumph away to West Ham on Saturday. 

Ivan Rakitic scored a wonderful volley and Lionel Messi struck twice to inspire Barcelona to a thrilling 4-2 win at Tottenham in the Champions League. 

Harry Kane knows he could have done better during Tottenham's poor start to the season but said his performance in the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion marked an upturn in form. 

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