It was a fairly straight-forward Thursday evening for Tottenham Hotspur as they began their Europa League group stage campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over LASK.
The performance and the end result would have ticked a lot of boxes for Jose Mourinho, including the team’s first clean sheet of the season.
The Spurs boss will also be delighted to have come away from the game with no fresh injury concerns, while also being able to rest players like Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, and Tanguy Ndombele.
Not only was it the club’s first clean sheet of the campaign but it was their first one in all competitions since the 3-0 Leicester on 19 July.
He revealed that this was also the first clean sheet that Joe Hart has kept for almost two years (Since Burnley’s 1-0 win over Brighton on 8 December 2018).
Finally, this was also the first occasion in which Harry Kane was an unused sub in two and a half years (since Tottenham’s 6-1 win Rochdale on 28 February 2018).
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The last of those stats regarding Kane is particularly significant. The England captain is the sort of player who wants to be involved in every single game, even if he is sometimes not 100 per cent. However, he is simply too good a player to be risked for every match. Now that we have Vinicius in our squad, hopefully, he will not be overburdened this season, which might, in turn, help him stay clear of injuries
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