Amid an injury crisis and a farcical situation surrounding their new stadium, Tottenham are doing all they can to stay on the coat-tails of the Premier League title chasers.
They are just five points off the top of the table and three behind the Liverpool side that have got their fans excited, but Spurs have struggled slightly for creativity, perhaps owing to a post-World Cup hangover.
But in the aftermath of that hugely impressive 3-1 win over Chelsea; which ended Maurizio Sarri’s side’s unbeaten league record this season and took saw Spurs leapfrog them into third, a stat emerged that may also go some way to explaining why Mauricio Pochettino’s attack has looked a little flat at times.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min tore the Blues apart on Saturday in Pochettino’s diamond formation and that was the first time they’ve all started a league match for nearly seven months.
Not since the penultimate match of last season have the four players started a Premier League game together and given how Alli and Eriksen’s artistry toyed with Chelsea before Kane and Son beat them up in attack, it is easy to see how big a strain that has put on Pochettino’s attacking resources.
With his most creative foursome available, the Argentine was able to concoct a high-octane gameplan which blew Sarri’s plans apart and all four will be vital if Spurs are to remain in the Premier League title race and the Champions League full stop during the hectic Christmas period.