Mauricio Pochettino: Spurs win at Cardiff gives us title belief

Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Paul Merson states his prediction for Cardiff v Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Cardiff, during their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday Jan. 1, 2019. Pochettino can- and should- rest some attackers but he needs to employ the very best defensive lineup he can think of.

With seven points from five December games, the festive period had proved furtive for the Bluebirds, but more than a few resolutions will need to be cast if they are to recover from this veritable trouncing.

This was as convincing and one-sided as Arsenal's 5-1 loss to Liverpool, which underlined the gulf that still exists between Unai Emery's new-look team and the division's genuine title contenders.

Neil Warnock has told his Cardiff City players "not to breathe" on their Tottenham counterparts tomorrow because "top players" dive.

The Gabon striker moved to Arsenal in January a year ago as Arsene Wenger's final signing and has been an unqualified success with 23 league goals in barely 11 months.

Cardiff suffered more problems in the 59th minute when Victor Camarasa - scorer of a superb winner against Leicester on Saturday - limped off injured to be replaced by Joe Ralls.

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Pochettino could be tempted to start with Oliver Skipp in the double pivot of Tottenham's 4-2-3-1.

Kane filled the number 10 position again to free the in-form Son, who easily evaded the attention of Morrison to fire home his eighth goal in nine games.

Harry Arter failed to cut out Son's cross and Eriksen, shifting the ball from his left to right foot in the blink of an eye, cut the ball back into the bottom corner. Woeful defending from Cardiff, who gave Eriksen far too much time to pick his spot. Three and easy for Spurs as Son extends the visitors' lead. However, the Frenchman certainly needs to improve his overall gameplay if he is to dominate the Cardiff midfield. Better from Cardiff, as Paterson lofts the ball to the back post, Trippier waits for his goalkeeper to come, allows it to bounce, Hoilett comes steaming in, climbs above Trippier, but his header is well saved by Lloris.

However, with Son Heung-min soon to depart for Asia Cup duty, Pochettino may choose to keep the Argentine back for this one in anticipation of a heavier workload in the weeks ahead.

Spurs are still yet to play out a draw in the Premier League this season (W16 D0 L5), just the ninth occasion in top-flight history that a team has gone 21 or more games into a season without drawing.

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