Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s win over Pacos de Ferreira

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Nuno Espirito Santo
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Tottenham Hotspur secured their spot in the Europa Conference League group stages this evening with a superb 3-0 victory over Pacos de Ferreira.

Let’s take a look at five things we learned from the match:

Harry Kane is back – He is still in his pre-season but Kane already looks sharp. However, putting the goals and the superb performance to one side, he also had a huge smile on his face. That is not a man who is sad or annoyed that he has to stay this summer, that is a man who will always find joy from pulling on the Tottenham shirt. One of our own.

Bryan Gil the rough diamond – Gil is the definition of raw talent. All the energy, all the skill, always demands the ball and wants to make things happen, but still slightly erratic and unpolished at times. With the right development, he looks like he could be a star.

Giovani Lo Celso creativity – As impressive as Harry Kane’s goals and all-around performance was, Giovani Lo Celso was Tottenham’s creator-in-chief this evening. The Argentine was a key part of almost every potent attack, seemingly making chances out of nothing for his Spurs teammates. Lo Celso assisted Kane’s second before grabbing a goal of his own from a tight free-kick. A great performance!

First real taste of Cristian Romero – While he did start the game away to Pacos, that match was a write off in terms of team performance. This evening was our first real taste of what the central defender can bring to Tottenham, aggressive tackles, bursts forward in attack, positive passing from the back, and a yellow card or two. A really enlightening and exciting performance.

The energy – It was so much better this evening from Tottenham. In these lesser competitions, I expect fringe players and youngsters to work hard and send a message to the boss, at the very least. We didn’t get that last week, however, tonight it was all guns blazing for the Lilywhites. On the ball, there were always multiple runners in behind. Off the ball, the pressing was tenacious and the tackling was aggressive. It was great to watch!

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