“The manner in which they outplayed the seemingly unstoppable league leaders had the dual effect of not only reassuring the rest of the division that Pep Guardiola’s team are not invincible after all, but equally re-affirming Spurs’ own credentials as genuine title contenders.
“Having not lost at The Hawthorns on their previous six visits, it would be a major surprise if they did this time around, albeit that the Baggies hit four goals in a home game for the first time in two years when they last played in front of their own fans.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: “Spurs didn’t get over the line last year but that will make them more determined. They’re a good, young side and it’ll be tough.
“Pochettino’s teams are well coached. They work up and down the pitch exceptionally well. They’ve got real talent.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: “Now we must be clever and we need to understand that it will be a tough game, maybe more difficult than Manchester City.
“If we’re not focused, or if we don’t play with the same intensity, the same passion, we will suffer a lot against a team that is very physical and strong.
“In the Premier League you can never play 80 or 70% of your capacity, you always need to be 100%.”
For most of last season, people were asking how Spurs would do if Harry Kane got injured but now we know, and they can definitely cope without him.
West Brom have made a solid start to the season but this Tottenham team look very convincing at the moment, and they are going to be hard to stop.