Tottenham produced a 1-0 win over Manchester City yesterday in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal courtesy of a second-half strike by Son Heung-Min.
It was the first Champions League quarterfinal win in the club’s history and came at an occasion when Spurs were playing their first European game at their new stadium.
Pochettino’s men put in a mature defensive display and pressed the visitors high up the pitch.
The difference between yesterday’s performance and Tottenham’s previous showing in the Champions League last 8 in 2011, was night and day.
Spurs were thrashed 5-0 by Real Madrid the last time they made it to this stage of the competition under the stewardship of Harry Redknapp. One player who was part of that run was full back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
The Cameroonian took to social media yesterday to wish Spurs luck ahead of the game, and said that he hoped they did better than the 2011 team. The former Spurs defender’s hopes certainly came true.
Here’s what Assou-Ekotto posted ahead of the game:
Goodluck to you… wishing you all the best and that you do better than we did some years back as you continue to make history #COYS ?????
— Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) 9 April 2019
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