Tottenham kicked off the Europa League group stages with a comfortable 3-0 win over Norwegian side Tromsø IL to show the European stage that they mean business this domestic campaign. Jermain Defoe (x2) and Christian Eriksen the scorers.
Jermain Defoe began the game strongly. With Danny Rose seeing lots of the ball down the left flank, it was evident that Spurs could have easily scored in the opening minutes. Erik Lamela began brightly with some skilful play on the right flank and Mousa Dembélé controlled the midfield tempo with his distribution out wide looking impressive to start.
Danny Rose was substituted mid way through the first half as he pulled up with an injury. This will dishearten AVB as he has said this week the fixture congestion would cause risk to his players – he was obviously correct.
The first goal however came in the 21st minute of time. Jermain Defoe saw himself latch onto an Erik Lamela ball inside the Tromsø IL box and he chipped the goalkeeper to gift Spurs the lead. He scored with just his second shot of the game. This was to improve for Tottenham just seven minutes later. Lewis Holtby found himself in possession outside the Tromsø area and composed himself before playing a slippery ball in between the Tromsø back line to find Jermain Defoe whom struck the ball into the far corner to put the hosts 2-0 up. Jermain was having one of the nights where he looks ready to score with every touch of the ball.
The half teetered out as Jan Vertonghen resumed his left back position from the start of last season. The half had seen strong performances from our back-four and goalie as Lloris merely watched a Tromsø effort trickle wide as the striker bottled the effort with the spectacle of White Hart Lane appearing too much for the young man.
The second half began similarly to that of the first. Spurs looked bright and eager and played some very good football. However their concentration levels dropped on occasion and some sloppy passes fell astray to Tromsø. Sandro persisted throughout and made some very influential tackles, including a tackle to restore possession as Tromsø pushed forward. Around the middle of the half, Mousa Dembélé was stretchered off with a knee problem which only added to AVB’s list of worries with Rose exiting earlier on. Sloppiness did prevail however the entrance of new signing Christian Eriksen saw some change in the attacking nature of the second half.
Sandro had a headed effort saved after he latched onto the end of a Christian Eriksen ball and Eriksen later whipped in a cross from a freekick but no-one found the end of it as it fizzled wide. The impact of Eriksen saw odd occasions where Spurs cued up for it with Paulinho distributing it to either flank as Dembélé had in the first half. Paulinho had a late effort blocked and the game began to teeter out from this point as it seemed Tottenham had secured the vital points but there was one more twist…
Christian Eriksen made it 3-0 on the 86th minute from outside the area as he right footed the ball all the way into the top corner. His first Tottenham goal on his second appearance and European Tottenham debut. Something to please all Spurs fans.
Lloris – 9/10 – Had nothing to do and couldn’t fault him!
Naughton – 8/10 – Got forward well but was sloppy on occasion
Kaboul – 9/10 – The beast was rearely troubled.
Dawson – 9/10 the Captain pulled his shift with some good blocks
Rose – 8/10 – His night was cut short but saw lots of the ball
Sandro – 9/10 the Beast is back and in full swing
Dembélé – 8/10 – Another injury but distribution was good
Holtby – 9/10 – A super assist for the German.
Sigurdsson – 8/10 – Failed to make an impact for me.
Lamela – 8/10 – An assist but still early doors for him.
Defoe – 10/10 – Two more to his name. Great night for him.
Special Mention – Christian Eriksen scored a stunning goal after coming on as a substitute. A truly magnificent effort from the Great Dane.
MOTM – Jermain Defoe – The man loves to score goals. Another two efforts for him including a special chip for his first. Well done JD.
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