“All that counts is goals, goals, goals”.
But what did we learn? .
Facing Madrid away offers a massive opportunity for players to absorb the atmosphere and occasion, helping with the maturation process, regardless of availability for the match. You go to Google, ‘Cristiano Ronaldo goals’ and there they are. But elsewhere, he was sensational.
Chelsea could have booked a place in the last 16 but capitulated in Rome last night and were swept aside by Roma in a 3-0 loss.
“I think it was a great opportunity for Dele to show his quality”, Pochettino said.
While Kane’s inclusion made for a pleasant surprise, the exclusion of numerous Spurs first-team starters certainly raised a few eyebrows.
A win over Real would allow Tottenham to maintain their lead atop the group and for Madrid, would top off what has already been a pretty poor week by their very high standards. Now we belong not only among the best in England, but in Europe. Tottenham’s first goal was offside and at Girona their second goal was also offside.
“They are two incredible players”, Pochettino told the media ahead of the game, according to AS.
Elsewhere for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Davinson Sanchez comes into central defence, as does Kieran Tripper at right-back, and Eric Dier reverts to midfield.
Reports prior to the 1-1 draw between Real and Tottenham suggested chairman Daniel Levy valued Kane at more than £200m (€228m), in an attempt to warn off interest in the forward.
Zinedine Zidane claimed Tottenham were capable of winning the Champions League after Real Madrid humbling defeat at Wembley. Indeed, Alli’s opener came as a direct result of such complacency.
Napoli, on the other hand, have a very slim chance of making it through. From there, the ball was recycled and played out wide to Trippier before being squared to the incoming Alli to tap in from two yards out. The striker then found Eriksen wide open with no Real Madrid defenders back and the Dane made no mistake in his finishing. “It was a big motivation for him to play”.
In condemning Madrid to their heaviest group-stage loss in nine years, Spurs called to mind the swaggering performances of their last Champions League campaign of note. “But this means nothing if at the end of the season we haven’t won a trophy”.
Ronaldo has confirmed that he’s not looking to extend his current contract and won’t be signing a new deal at the Bernabeu.
Using Borja Mayoral more is a possible solution. So is Tottenham good enough to win the Champions League? They’re six points clear of Sporting in third and should make the next round.