Mauricio Pochettino was in no mood to praise Erik Lamela to the media

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were impressive during their 1-0 win against Real Madrid yesterday evening.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side booked their place in the Audi Cup final where they will face hosts Bayern Munich who comfortably beat Fenerbahce 6-1 in the other semi-final.

Erik Lamela was handed a place in the starting line up for the match at the Allianz Arena and looked fit and hungry to try and influence the match.

The 27-year-old has certainly had his issues with injuries in the past which have derailed the potential and expectation which many Spurs fans had placed on his shoulders.

Lamela found the back of the net in Tottenham’s first pre-season run out when they beat Juventus 2-1 in Singapore and has shown glimpses during the three matches to date of wat we could be in for this season if he can keep out of the treatment room.

He is often a figure of frustration among large pockets of the Spurs support for his almost mandatory yellow cards and flicks which have little impact.

When a reporter attempted to get Mauricio Pochettino to acknowledge Lamela’s impressive performance he was in no mood to 

He told Football.London: “I think you cannot judge the players. You need to ask if I am here like a manager which is my opinion about the game from individual player or collective. If you give me your opinion, I cannot say nothing if I am not agree with you. My job is to judge my team and players, but if your question is giving your opinion about how you see Lamela, I think I cannot change your mind if you believe a few minutes before that Lamela was good. If you believe he was good that’s your opinion and I’ve got to accept your opinion.”

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  1. A very wierd response by Poch as Lamela played really well. Last summer Poch was asked if he thought last season would be a great season for lamela and he said something along the lines of he had never seen anything to suggest thst lamela could be a great player.
    I think Poch is way off, Lamela didnt start to adjust to the prem until the end of pochs first season and since then I cant recall Lamela having a single bad game but having several awesome games, especially in big games.
    Lamela has a combination of intelligence, creativity, skill, workrate, aggressiveness and superquick thinking that no one else in our squad has. Weve seen that combination of attributes time and time again provide huge problems for very organized defences, particularly ones that seem to be able to contain Eriksen very easily. Lamela harasses, moves and can create or score in an instant. Look back to when Lamela played regularly for us our results against the big sides, 3 consecutive league wins against City whereamela was incredible in all 3 (havent beaten them in the league since lamela dropped out of contention).
    He came on with us 2-0 down to liverpool, with minutes to go last season, scored a brilliant goal and was denied a stone wall penalty (by the same stinking ref that tried to derail our title race when we played leicester in feb).
    Barcelona at home, no Eriksen, no Alli, no Dembele, no Vertonghen. Lloris had a mare, and toby and Davinson were pulled apart too easily by messi coutinho and suarez, but Lamela caused Barca all sorts of problems at the other end getting a top goal and an assist.
    I want to see more lamela, even if hes a sub, I want him to get more minutes.
    I would actually order Lamela on my shirt if poch ever played him, I rate the guy that much.


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