After the enduring calamity that was last season, Tottenham Hotspur fans will have been rubbing their eyes in disbelief watching their side run in four unanswered goals against QPR.
While they picked up some big results towards the end of last term, Spurs never looked as coherent and dangerous on the counter as they did against the Rs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s brand of pressing, attacking football appears to have been instilled successfully already, and dreams of an unlikely top-four spot might already be entering fan’s heads.
However, while there was no shortage of positives for current table-toppers Spurs at White Hart Lane, their opponents’ abject performance was a key factor in their success.
Harry Redknapp, apparently on the advice of Glenn Hoddle, fielded a back three that was completely unsuited to stopping the hosts’ attack.
Sluggish veterans Richard Dunne and Rio Ferdinand, alongside youngster Steven Caulker, spent the match trebling up on Emmanuel Adebayor while Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli coasted past them.
The Belgian grabbed two goals while Lamela finally showed his class in the Premier League with two more assists to follow up the two he provided in the Europa League in midweek.
In addition to their defensive woes, QPR’s attack looked worryingly blunt, with Loic Remy in particular doing his chances of a move to a top side no good with some wayward finishing.
So what’s the main lesson that can be taken from the match? Are Spurs destined for Champions League glory, or QPR for the Championship?
Sadly for Spurs, they cannot claim to be completely reborn under Pochettino just yet, as QPR seemed have learned little from their last ill-fated foray into the Premier League and it was mainly their disastrous display that led to the cricket score.
If the Lilywhites can show similar class at home against their next opponents Liverpool, a match they are 17/10 to win, then more hype can be lavished on Lamela and company.
Meanwhile QPR need to make good on their 6/4 odds to beat Sunderland at Loftus Road in their next game to avoid a relegation bandwagon forming around Redknapp’s side.