There were scenes of joy in the away dressing room in Marseille last night after Tottenham Hotspur secured Champions League qualification to the round of 16 stage in dramatic fashion.
Antonio Conte’s side are carving out a reputation for themselves for leaving it late in matches having also secured victory against Bournemouth on Saturday deep into stoppage time.
It was a similar scenario on the south of France yesterday when the north Londoners once again started the match slowly and had to battle back after going behind to Chancel Mbemba’s header.
After the break, Spurs were a different side and certainly would have had a rocket in the half time team talk, which is very apt considering the Marseille fans attempts to keep the players awake the night before the game in the team hotel.
Clement Lenglet’s header gave Spurs a lifeline and it looked as if they were set to finish second in Group D behind Eintracht Frankfurt until Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg showed great energy to latch onto a Harry Kane pass and finish emphatically to ensure his side are seeded in the draw on Monday.
After the match, Emerson Royal and Yves Bissouma (IG story – 01/11/22) were among the players to capture the celebrations on their phones and posted the footage to Instagram which included Harry Kane dancing.
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Even @HKane is busting out the moves 🕺
— The Spurs Web (@thespursweb) November 1, 2022
The Spurs players showed great determination and grit to get back into the game in the second half, however, they do need to be starting matches brighter and not giving themselves an uphill task. If they sit back as they did in the first half against the likes of Real Madrid and PSG, they will soon find themselves out of the competition in the latter stages.
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