It’s now their best start to a season since the 1963/64 campaign and the Italian, as well as the Lilywhites faithful, have Harry Kane – scoring a penalty in his 400th appearance for the club – and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to thank given their second-half goals steered Spurs to a 2-0 win.
In what was a pretty dominant affair, the Denmark enforcer took plenty of plaudits from the press, with football.london and the Evening Standard highlighting his display as a viable ‘Man of the Match’ candidate.
But further back in defence was a particularly glowing performance from Cristian Romero, who was an absolute titan in Tottenham’s quest to seal a clean sheet.
As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old colossus – who has now signed permanently at Hotspur Way – had a better match rating than the ex-Southampton man, with only the goalscoring Kane beating his exploits.
The ruthless Argentinian led Conte’s squad for three key defensive attributes – tackles (two), interceptions (one) and clearances (one), whilst he also won six of his aerial and ground duels, so he clearly was a beacon of strength and aggression on Spurs’ way to the three points.
And as usual, he excelled with the ball at his feet after he registered a total of 65 accurate passes at an accuracy rate of 88%, of which one was a key chance created. Meanwhile, his 87 touches were the second-most of any home player and that merely signals his influence on the game as it was more than every single one of Conte’s midfield options, via SofaScore.
“It’s a good Tottenham performance this. At the heart of it, Romero has had one of his best and most proactive games in a while,” The Athletic’s Seb Stafford-Bloor also tweeted during the encounter, only adding to the way in which the Argentina international ran the show at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend.
So forget Hojbjerg and Kane, it was Romero’s night on Saturday as he put in an aggressive and encouraging display to help Spurs on their way to another Premier League victory.