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Tottenham returned to winning ways after back-to-back Premier League defeats with a comprehensive 4-0 success over Burnley on Sunday.
Spurs Jose Mourinho made 10 changes from the side which beat Wolfsberger in the Europa League, with Gareth Bale, Harry Kane and Lucas Moura all getting on the scoresheet in north London.
Victory lifted Tottenham up to 8th in the table and helped them close the gap on West Ham in 4th to just six points. The Lilywhites also have a game in hand on their London rivals.
Here are three things Mourinho got right which provided Spurs with the foundation for success against Burnley.
Decision to start Bale
Bale came off the bench to score Tottenham's third goal against Wolfsberger on Thursday, and Mourinho must've seen enough from the Welshman to hand him his first home Premier League start since 2013.
It was a decision which was vindicated early on in the match as Bale flicked home Son-Heung min's cross to make it 1-0 after just two minutes.
He then turned provider with a magnificent cross-field ball to Harry Kane which was slammed home by the England striker to double Tottenham's advantage. Spurs then went 3-0 up before Bale added a fourth with a delightful curling finish in the second-half.
The Real Madrid loanee's man-of-the-match performance was a glimpse of the quality the 31-year-old still possesses. Mourinho will be hoping Bale can keep on delivering the goods as the season wears on.
Keeping faith with Moura
Kane and Son are two of the first name's on Mourinho's team-sheet, but it would have been easy for the Portuguese boss to dispense with the services of Lucas Moura.
Instead, the Brazilian started the match as Tottenham's number 10 and enjoyed almost free rein to run at Burnley's lacklustre defence.
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He was lively, interchanged well with Kane and Ndombele and topped off his display with a goal – his second in as many matches in the Premier League.
Alderweireld for Tanganga
Joseph Tanganga didn't do anything particularly wrong against West Ham last weekend, but that didn't stop Mourinho hooking the young defender at half-time at the London Stadium.
Alderweireld took his place against Burnley, and the more experienced Belgian provided a solid foundation for Tottenham alongside Davinson Sanchez.
The 31-year-old was composed throughout and even managed to play a couple of excellent forward balls, one of which got Son in behind to draw a save from Nick Pope.
Tottenham's defence will undergo much sterner tests, but the calming presence of Alderweireld on Mourinho's back-line should not go unnoticed.
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