It wasn’t pretty but Spurs overcame a spirited FC Sheriff side in Tiraspol last night to win 2-0 and maintain our 100% record in the group. Particularly pleasing is the fact that the defence has kept five straight clean sheets in this competition but after the game, Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas looked further up the field as he praised individuals.
Jermain Defoe’s deflected shot on 74 minutes saw the striker equal Martin Chivers as the club’s record goal scorer in all European competition.
“It’s a great achievement, an achievement that will hopefully be celebrated even more if he overtakes Martin,” AVB said.
“Jermain has done well in this competition so far, scored four goals now and I’m sure in these next three fixtures he’ll get the chance to overtake Martin.”
While Jermain kept his brilliant run going, Aaron Lennon made a welcome return to the side and also drew recognition from his manager.
“It was a great performance, he played left and right, very dynamic, great pace and got in positions to score,” Andre added.
“It was excellent to see him out there. He brings so much pace in behind and his quality is immense. I’m very pleased to see him back.”
Anzhi’s win against Tromso means that our progression to the knockout phase has yet to be confirmed but that could be a formality when Spurs meet Sheriff in the reverse fixture on 7th November.