Tottenham Hotspur returned to action with a win in the Champions League tonight against Red Star Belgrade and boy did they need it.
After having won just three games from 12 this season, including two without a win in the Champions League, three points was just what the doctor ordered for the Lilywhites.
Here are the five things we learned from the victory:
The high press was back –
Pochettino rotated his squad again and played some of the hardest-working Tottenham players, which immediately showed on the pitch. The high press was back in their game and Red Star simply could not cope with it. Within twenty minutes, it was 2-0 and the game was pretty much over. Top energy and work rate from the lads that should have been there all season.
Son is on fire –
Harry Kane is obviously the main man in terms of scoring for Spurs, but Heung Min Son was an absolute livewire again tonight. The South Korean picks up the ball and drives at the opposition, never shying away from a defender. He also offers another dimension on the break and in behind. Amazing from Sonny tonight.
Lamela over Eriksen –
Lamela made yet another case for himself to shift above Eriksen in the pecking order tonight. While he was slightly wasteful in front of goal at times, Lamela scored one and set two up against Red Star. He also seems to be far more potent over corner kicks than the Dane, as well as putting in far more effort.
Lo Celso returns –
A little subplot of the evening was the return of Giovani Lo Celso from injury, perhaps a little earlier than some expected. Despite only playing 12 minutes or so, Lo Celso looked really sharp on the ball and attack-minded. Good things to come from this lad.
Goal difference is back –
Scoring five without reply has done Tottenham’s goal difference no harm tonight. After a 2-2 draw with Olympiacos and a 7-2 battering at the hands of Bayern, Spurs’ goal difference is now back at zero, something they would have bitten your hand off for at the start of the evening.
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