Red Star Belgrade 0 Tottenham Hotspur 4: Spurs go Marching on
Tottenham will be wishing they could play Red Star Belgrade every week following a comprehensive Champions League victory on Wednesday night. The Serbian side remained in contention for much of the first period but the second half was one-way traffic as the visitors cruised to a 4-0 win.
One more victory will see us through to the knockout stages of this competition as the UCL continues to provide some light relief against a backdrop of poor league form.
Spurs started positively enough but Red Star should have taken the lead on 22 minutes. A brilliant, point-blank save from Paulo Gazzaniga kept it level and just after the half hour mark, we edged in front.
In a bizarre piece of play, Giovani Lo Celso set up Harry Kane but the striker’s effort came back off the post. A few moments of pinball ensued before Lo Celso kept his composure to fire us in front with his first goal for the club.
Red Star hit the woodwork before half time but in the second period, Spurs settled down and dominated the game. A double from Son Heung-Min put the game out of reach before a deflected effort from substitute Christian Eriksen sealed the 4-0 scoreline.
There were concerns over Sonny’s frame of mind following his red card on Sunday and while his celebrations were muted, the striker remained professional and clinical throughout. It was also a good evening for two of our summer signings. Lo Celso scored his first goal and there was an overdue debut from Ryan Sessegnon who looked sharp down the left flank when he came on.
Speaking after the win, manager Mauricio Pochettino said:
We all feel happy. It was a great performance, I’m very pleased and that’s the way we need to approach the games.
We needed a victory like today, I’m so happy with the three points and it’s a big step to build our confidence and trust to now perform in the best way.
We need to win games in the Premier League too and to get into a better position in the table and I think this type of victory can help a lot.
One More Win
While it’s not been the most positive season for Spurs so far, Champions League qualification should be more comfortable than it was a year ago. That could be famous last words but one more win will take us through to the knockouts.
Next up in the UCL is Olympiakos at home on November 26th and we should be looking to seal our progression on the night as no-one will be confident of travelling to Bayern Munich in need of a result.
But as Mauricio said, we now need to build on those wins over Red Star and take that form into the Premier League. On Saturday, we host Sheffield United in a 3pm kick off and it’s vital to claim the three points before we head into the third international break of the campaign.