Spurs 3-0 APOEL Nicosia: Some thoughts on the game
There was little time for Mauricio Pochettino to prepare his side for our important champions league group stage game with APOEL Nicosia on Tuesday night. A pulsating derby day victory over West Ham on Saturday showed little signs of sapping our players energy for our trip to Cyprus. It was on a warm September evening in the Cypriot capital Nicosia where Spurs would continue their fine start to this seasons champions league campaign. Following on from last Saturdays hard fought victory over West Ham which was made much harder by Serge Aurier’s second half seconding off, Pochettino had just the seven first team absentees for last night’s game. However, he got his tactics spot on last night against a fine APOEL side. A side for which Pochettino highlighted pre match, the importance of not underestimating APOEL, a side who have a rich history in European competition. The much rotated Spurs side which saw players such as Moussa Sissoko and Son come into the team. Battled out a closely knit first half, which saw few clear cut chances come the Lilywhites way. In fact, it was the home side who came the closer of the two sides to finding the lead, Belgian Igor De Camargo’s fierce strike rattling Lloris’ crossbar on 19 minutes as Spurs escaped an early scare. The home team tested Spurs on a couple more occasions as they continued to impress going forward.
However, a slightly concerning lack of chances for Spurs was to be resolved on the stroke of half time. When man of the moment Harry Kane latched on to Alderweireld’s superb long pass, before calmly slotting the ball past Waterman, to eradicate those early Spurs worries. It was a much smoother second half for Tottenham barring a crucial reflex save from Lloris to stop the hosts getting an equaliser shortly after the interval. Kane got his and Spurs’ second of the game shortly after the hour mark to reassure the Spurs faithful. Kane clinically converting from Sissoko’s cross to double our advantage. We confirmed our victory soon afterwards when that man Harry Kane scored the perfect hat trick to head home Trippier’s pin point cross to cap off a remarkable team move, to ensure a vital three points. Pochettino’s side had dug deep and got that all important victory in fine fashion last night, it’s even more impressive when you consider the numerous key players that were all absent. Regardless of our key absentees, I thought we done a fine job at the GSP stadium, the players worked well as a team to create the goals we craved, they were focused and got the job done.
There were quite a few performances that caught my eye last night. But none more so than that of Mr.Harry Edward Kane who once again proved why he is one of the world’s very best. Kane was brilliant against APOEL, he was driven, determined and incredibly clinical in front of goal. Without waxing lyrical, he was just perfect last night he carried the team. Other performances which impressed me were those of Harry Winks who dominated the midfield with his guile and neat passing. I also thought Moussa Sissoko done a fine job, he attacked with real intent, was creative and held the ball up well. An all round brilliant night for Spurs, who face Huddersfield away on Saturday. Will that be a spectacular 7th consecutive away win? COYS