Full Time: Tottenham 3-0 APOEL Nicosia
Fernando Llorente scored his first Tottenham goal in his 17th appearance for the club as Mauricio Pochettino’s side rounded off their Champions League Group H campaign with a routine victory against APOEL Nicosia at Wembley.
Spurs had already secured first place in the group before the game and Pochettino opted to give some of his fringe players a start. Given Spurs’ recent stutters, it was an opportunity for them to find a bit of momentum.
Llorente opened the scoring in the 20th minute, before Son Heung-min added a second before the break, curling in from the edge of the box after playing a one-two with Llorente. The Londoners added a third late on through Georges Kevin-N’Koudou’s deflected finish.
Cypriots Apoel, who needed to avoid defeat to have a chance of claiming a Europa League spot ahead of Borussia Dortmund, failed to offer anything throughout the game.
Let’s take a look at how the Spurs players fared in the 3-0 victory over APOEL Nicosia.
Tottenham Player Ratings
Michel Vorm – 6/10
Captained the side and had very little to do other than catching the odd through balls.
Sergi Aurier- 6/10
Aurier delivered a fantastic low cross for Llorente to open the scoring. Made a reckless challenge that earned him a yellow card and tarnished what was a very good game for the Ivorian until then.
Davinson Sanchez- 8/10
Following his red card against Watford, Sanchez put in a disciplined performance against the Cypriot outfit. The Colombian was largely untested against a blunt APOEL attack and led the young defence in a commanding manner.
Juan Foyth- 6.5/10
Foyth got a rare start and looked very composed on the ball. He was naive defensively with unnecessary fouls when keeping calm was the solution. Clearly a future prospect for Spurs.
Danny Rose- 7/10
Set the tone in the second-half by making a great block in goal. Received a needless booking for pushing a player. Looked assured defensively and got forward a lot, before having to go off with a cut over his eye.
Harry Winks- 8/10
Winks oozed class; shielded the defence well and contributed well in attack. Played a splendid pass in the build-up to Son’s goal. At 21, he looks to be a really matured player, miles ahead of some of his peers.
Moussa Sissoko- 7/10
Worked tirelessly and broke up plenty of APOEL’s attack. An industrious showing by the Frenchman in the middle of the park.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou- 7/10
Saw his effort get cleared off the line spectacularly in the first-half. Continued to be a menace to the opposition defence and reaped rich rewards, scoring his first goal for the club, in the final ten minutes with a deflected effort.
Dele Alli- 6/10
Personally, I was disappointed with Alli’s performance last night. The game was tailor-made for him to shine, but sadly, he failed to influence the game.
Heung-Min Son- 8.5/10
The best player for Spurs; curled home in the 38th minute for our team’s second goal and worked very well in tandem with Llorente. He deserves to start against Stoke at the weekend.
Fernando Llorente- 8/10
Llorente will be relieved to finally break his Tottenham duck. Scored with an excellent touch and turn from Aurier’s cross. He was a handful for the opposition and did everything on the night which arguably belonged to him.
The Spaniard would look to build on an encouraging night and provide Poch with selection headaches.
Mousa Dembele- 6/10
The Belgian is looking rusty after coming back from injury. Gave the ball away cheaply and is far from his usual best. Such cameos will help him get back his lost mojo.
Kyle Walker-Peters- 5/10
He replaced Rose after half-time and didn’t do much in an otherwise decent showing.
Kazaiah Sterling- N/A
The teenager can proudly say now that he has played Champions League football. He was given very less time on the pitch to make an impact but should be thankful to our gaffer for getting a chance to experience such a wonderful night.
Tottenham stadium update: New pitch to be laid out in October
Tottenham’s new stadium saw artificial lighting for the pitch being tested in the past week. The moveable lights are expected to help the pitch grow but there was no grass on the surface as per the video.
Football.london claims that the new pitch could be laid as early as October. The report adds that construction firm Mace revealed at a “Business Community Liaison Group” at Lilywhite House that the pitch would be laid in October.
The report adds that the dates for the test events would be revealed a month ahead of their schedule. The construction firm and club are certain that there would be no more delays regarding these events.
Football.london further claimed that an artificial NFL pitch has been installed at the base of our new home.
The latest revelations are good news for Tottenham fans who have been waiting for the stadium to be completed.
We all know that our first visitors were supposed to be Liverpool and we have been playing our Premier League home games at Wembley so far. Tottenham did play all their home games at Wembley last season as well and so, playing at this venue shouldn’t be a problem for the team.
The same stadium will be our home for the Champions League group clashes. However, Stadium MK has been selected as the venue for our Carabao Cup clash against Watford on Wednesday.
This Tottenham star pushed club to secure Stadium MK for Carabao Cup clash
Tottenham will play their Carabao Cup Third Round clash against Watford at Stadium MK. The decision was taken with the help of the FA as Wembley is unavailable on Wednesday.
This would be our second home stadium this season after Wembley. Stadium MK will hold special memories for Dele Alli as we signed the youngster from MK Dons a few years ago.
The Englishman has become a crucial player for us and the midfielder spoke about returning to his old stomping ground.
“It’s going to be a great experience to go back there!”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 25, 2018
The 22-year-old claimed that he tried to push the stadium to be selected for the clash against Watford.
Alli added that he was excited as the rest of the Tottenham players would visit Stadium MK. The 22-year-old had even hyped up the venue to his teammates.
It isn’t easy to make it to the top level and Alli added that his initial aim was to break into the first-team at MK Dons and then take it from there.
We moved swiftly to sign the youngster back then and it has paid off really well. The attacking midfielder hasn’t been brilliant for us in the ongoing campaign but the Carabao Cup clash in his old home could be the spark he needs.
“Helped me fall back in love with Spurs”, “Warrior” – Some Tottenham fans love former player’s tweet
Former Tottenham star Ryan Mason’s football career came to a premature end after he picked up a skull fracture while playing for Hull City.
The former Spurs was facing Chelsea and hung his boots in 2018 but is adored by many fans.
Now 27, the midfielder shared a video of him scoring a goal for us four years ago and what a strike it was from the Englishman.
4 years ago today! What a feeling 💙 pic.twitter.com/giCOFM2o4Q
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMason) September 24, 2018
This was Mason’s first goal for Spurs and it came in a League Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest.
The midfielder might not have been the most gifted player ever but he always gave 100% on the pitch and his move to Hull City, unfortunately, did not work out.
Mason played for numerous clubs in the English system, serving stints at Millwall, Yeovil Town and Doncaster Rovers.
The former Spurs star also had one cap for the England national side in 2015 and a number of fans tweeted their love for the player after his post.
You helped me fall back in love with Spurs, Ryan – you’ll always have a place in every fans’ heart 💙
— Spurs Stat Man (@SpursStatMan) September 24, 2018
Superb strike, Ryan! Watching you rise through the ranks meant so much to us fans. Hopefully we see you back home coaching at Hotspur Way soon. 💙 #OneOfOurOwn
— Lilywhite Spurs (@Lilywhite_Spurs) September 24, 2018
Was great watching you, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane coming through the ranks, means more to us fans than you probably realise.
— stu rice & peas (@inremotepart) September 24, 2018
On today’s reading that probably should of won the puskas goal of 2014 mate
— noname (@yiddooooo) September 24, 2018
Wow. 4 years. A moment that was pretty special. Thank you Ryan.
— SpursNews (@SpursNews1961) September 24, 2018
— Jon Mannings (@jonthfc) September 24, 2018
I was there behind the goal with one of my sons and what you don’t see on the clip is the moment you saw the ball go in you looked down and clenched both fists to your chest. #purejoy we loved that goal 👏👏👏👏👏
— Mark Levene (@LeveneMark) September 24, 2018
Still one of my fav strikes from a Spurs player🙌🏻 #youaintsavingthat
— Graham O’Brien (@GrahamScutzy) September 24, 2018
And then you started against Arsenal on the weekend, became a fan ever since 💙
— MagicalMoura (@ashleythezulu) September 24, 2018
Mason we love u
— Tanaka Gwatsvaira (@Jullo18) September 24, 2018
— Jamie Frost (@ospriet) September 24, 2018
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