Son Heung-min scored one of the goals of the Premier League season as Tottenham returned to winning ways under Jose Mourinho by brushing aside Burnley.
Son picked up the ball on the edge of his area before sprinting the length of the pitch – leaving a trail of Burnley players in his wake – and slotting in to give Spurs a 3-0 half-time lead.
That all but sealed victory after Harry Kane had thumped the home team ahead and Lucas Moura converted a second from close range.
Burnley had chances of their own in the first half, hitting the woodwork through Robbie Brady, but paid dearly for their defence vulnerability.
Spurs skipper Kane took advantage of more slack defending to fire in the fourth, then combined with Moussa Sissoko – again allowed to waltz through unchallenged – for the fifth.
Mourinho’s side moved up to fifth as a result – for the time being at least with Wolves having the chance to go back above them on Sunday – while Burnley drop to 13th, three points above the relegation zone after their third defeat in a row.
Goals galore for Spurs – and finally a clean sheet
Mourinho’s standing as one of the world’s leading managers, having delivered trophies at a host of top clubs, has been built on the defensive organisation and stability of his teams.
But it was the attacking nature of his new side’s performance which again caught the eye, with Spurs producing their most devastating display under the Portuguese to date.
Looking to make amends for Wednesday’s limp defeat at Manchester United – their first loss under Mourinho – Spurs hassled and harried from the first whistle, pressing Burnley quickly and putting them under an amount of pressure with which they could not cope.
Kane’s quick opener set the tone and even from that point it looked as though Burnley would struggle to come away from north London with anything other than defeat.
Spurs’ position was strengthened by Moura and once Son added that stunning third, their focus came solely on keeping a first clean sheet under Mourinho.
Giving Spurs a solidity which disappeared in the dying embers of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign was high on the Portuguese boss’ list of tasks.
In the build-up Mourinho again called for his side to stop conceding “cheap goals” and, despite allowing Burnley chances which they could not take, finally got his wish.
And it was a clear sign of Mourinho’s pleasure that the first thing he mentioned in his post-match interview in the tunnel was the clean sheet.
“There are still a few holes and chances to opponents but we were much, much, much more solid,” he said.
“It’s the best day because it is the complete performance. It was perfect.”
More to follow.