A 33rd minute pile driving free kick from Roman Pavlyuchenko secured the narrowest of 1-0 wins for Spurs against a determined Rubin Kazan side last night. The win puts Tottenham two points clear at the top of the group and has almost guaranteed their qualification for the next phase of the Europa League.
After the game, manager Harry Redknapp was quick to praise his Russian striker: “He is a great striker of the ball. He really can hit a ball.
“When he lined it up I had a feeling he was going to score because he is a very clean striker of the football. He’s got two great feet. Technically he’s a top, top player – there was never any doubt about that. It was good to see him score.”
Harry also praised Jake Livermore, playing as a makeshift centre half as well as mentioning Tom Carroll and he promised that the youngsters as a whole will get more of a chance when Spurs travel to Kazan for the return.
“I will be taking a very, very young team out to Russia now for sure for the second game,” he added.
“I find the competition difficult to be honest. There are so many games, so much travelling and the league is our priority.”