Tottenham Hotspur looked to be in for another Champions League humiliation tonight when they went 2-0 down early on against Olympiacos, but they fought back to win 4-2.
Last time these two sides met, it was the Greek team that recovered a two-goal deficit, but Spurs managed to surpass that 2-2 result tonight.
Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the match:
Spurs are through!
The most important thing to remember is that Tottenham are now through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, and they have done it with a game to spare!
Mourinho substitutions –
Under Pochettino, it was very rare to see a substitute come on before the 60-minute mark, with the Argentine often leaving it later than that. However, Mourinho has never been scared to change things early when it clearly isn’t working out. Taking off Dier for Eriksen after 28 minutes was a huge factor that led to the Lilywhites winning tonight.
While the new Spurs front four of Kane, Alli, Moura, and Son have scored six goals in two games under Mourinho, the defence still looks woeful. Tottenham have conceded four in those two matches, both against significantly weaker opposition. That is a problem that needs to be solved.
Captain Kane –
Once again, Harry Kane stepped up when Spurs needed him most. In my opinion, the England man should be given the permanent captain’s armband.
Not only has Aurier been one of Tottenham’s best attacking players in the past two games, but he has also excelled defensively, an area of his game he has always struggled with in North London. He looks to be far more switched on under Mourinho, perhaps in an effort to impress the new gaffer.
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