Tottenham’s 2-1 win over AEL Limassol in last night’s Europa League qualifier was engineered by Erik Lamela who climbed off the bench to provide the assists for Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane. After the match, head coach Mauricio Pochettino refused to single out any single player for praise but he did reserve a mention for Erik and the rest of the substitutes.
“It was a tough game, the conditions were difficult and it was an important win,” said Mauricio on the club’s official website.
“We know that Zenit came here and lost 1-0 in the Champions League. It was a difficult game and I’m happy with the players. In the end it was an important win and to get another victory.
“All the players played well, it’s difficult for me to say one name. Lamela, Chadli and Mousa all made an impact and that’s important. I’m very pleased for Harry and Roberto, strikers always want to score and they both scored. It was good to win the game.”
After facing a 1-0 deficit for much of the game, Spurs now take a relatively comfortable 2-1 lead into the second leg which takes place at White Hart Lane next Thursday – kick off 7.45pm.