Connect in the back of the net

There couldn’t have been a more concrete gesture that Tottenham Hotspur are simply not to be under looked.

Mauricio Pochettino’s charges put behind the disappointment of last weekend’s loss to Manchester United by dishing out some punishment of their own against, quite rightly, the best club in Europe.

Spurs secured a place in the last-16 of the Champions League after a slaloming performance that saw them dispatch Real Madrid with an emphatic 3-1 victory at Wembley, on Wednesday night.

 

The Pochettino Way

Tottenham received plaudits for salvaging a 1-1 draw against the current holders during the reverse fixture at the Spanish capital, but the chutzpah and sheer bravado exhibited during the win will without question compel talks of an audacious bid at the Champions League.

Dele Alli put Spurs ahead with a goal of classic simplicity in the 27th minute after guiding a cross into the back of the net, before his deflected shot gave the hosts a two-goal cushion soon after the interval.

Christian Eriksen put Spurs in cruise control with the third, midway through the second half, so much that Cristiano Ronaldo’s strike with ten minutes left on the clock couldn’t count for much.

Pochettino’s coaching neologisms is a stylish reflection of his personal panache; one that has seen Tottenham beat Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid by a comfortable margin this season.

 

Madrid in trouble

Real Madrid have developed notoriety for being perennial slow starters in recent campaigns, but results in their newfangled outings have attracted concern of the hierarchy at the Bernabeu.

A 2-1 loss to newly promoted Girona last weekend left the Los Blancos eight points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona after just ten games, whilst finishing second in Group H presents the ever present danger of prematurely facing a lofty opponent in the first knockout phase of the Champions League.

Owing to the fact that Real Madrid are the current La Liga and Champions League holders, the Blancos have made oddly unquantifiable progress this season; putting Zinedine Zidane in an inopportune position with Florentino Perez.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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