Champions League knockout stage spot is guaranteed for Tottenham after their fascinating triumph over title holders Real Madrid in Wembley.
With Harry Kane, Premier League’s top striker, back on the pitch for the Spurs, they showed the quality and pace that they can perform with and it was nothing short of stellar.
Kieran Trippier’s cross 27 minutes in was all Dele Alli needed to give Tottenham the lead in this highly entertaining match. Alli then proceeded to double the advantage not long after the beginning of the second half, thanks to the deflection off Real Madrid’s captain, Sergio Ramos.
Even though Kane didn’t score a goal, he assisted Christian Eriksen in doing so with a smooth pass. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo diminished Tottenham’s lead by one 10 minutes before the end of the game, but that was all that there was to it. With the 3 to 1 finish in favour of Tottenham, seems like the Spurs have a serious statement towards their future opponents.
The English side’s only loss was defender Toby Alderweireld’s hamstring injury in the 24th minute. In a press release, the Belgian player revealed he would be away from the pitch for a few weeks.
Tottenham are leading Group H with 10 points on the board, with their previously equals Real Madrid still at 7. Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia drew, which puts them at two points each.
The very good news for Tottenham is that Alli is almost at his best so far this season and went over against Real Madrid. The young 21-year-old player has had ups and downs in form throughout his career, which is expected with the lack of experience at such a young age. He has also made a few unfavourable headlines with criticism about his dive against Huddersfield and his interaction with Ashley Young this past Saturday.
It was all well this night though as he had maximum control over the midfield, most likely impressing the no doubt always watching Real Madrid hierarchy.
Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, continues to receive praise from both his team and the Spurs’ fans as his name was sung loud and clear at Wembley. The Argentine has yet to deliver a trophy for the club, but there can be no doubt as to the progress made by his team.
This edition of Tottenham is a stark contrast to last year’s edition, which went out in the group stages of the Champions League and then got knocked out of Europa League by Gent. Tottenham looked smooth and relaxed against the holders, and if they continue this way, they are an absolute threat to anyone who is in front of them.
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