It was a difficult game for Tottenham in Cyprus. AEL Limassol thoroughly deserved their one goal advantage and proved their win over Zenit St. Petersburg was no fluke. Which Tottenham players stood out as Spurs recovered in the final twenty minutes to claim a 2 – 1 success.
Had it not been for the last 2o minutes, this game would have been one to forget – a disappointing and deserved defeat in Cyprus for Spurs against a team Tottenham would have expected to beat every day of the week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s managerial career in European matches started with a win thanks to his introduction of Erik Lamela with 18 minutes to play. Spurs had been coming a little more into the game with another substitute, Nacer Chadli being instrumental in that. Lamela who had struggled last season grabbed the chance and in doing so lifted the burden that has descended on Roberto Soldado. Lacking in confidence, the striker missed an early chance, was booked for a challenge brought on by frustration but on this occasion after 84 minutes he demonstrated his instinctive goalscoring touch to put Spurs level.
In the 80th minute, Lamela created the winner for Harry Kane who had been Tottenham’s most dangerous player going forward. Kane had tested the goalkeeper on a number of occasions but this time the keeper could do nothing to prevent Kane’s name deservedly going on the scoresheeet.
At the other end, Spurs could once again be grateful to Hugo Lloris who made sure Limassol didn’t add to Spurs misery by increasing their early advantage.
Some of the players returning to the team showed they are well-shorty of match fitness but will have benefited from this game.
If you managed to watch the match, who did you think deserved their Tottenham ‘Spurs’?
Who Earned Their Tottenham ‘Spurs”?