After three consecutive bad results and poor performances in the Premier League, Tottenham made the most of their last Champions League group stage match, not just beating APOEL, but, as Mauricio Pochettino put it;
It was fantastic to finish in this way and important for us to build our momentum and confidence
the Argentine told reporters, before focusing on the several young players who were given game time, something not very common in the Premier League, or earlier in the CL group stage.
It was very important for many players who don’t have the opportunity to play in the starting 11 every game to build their confidence as well. It’s important to add that competition for places in the squad
the Tottenham manager said, going on to praise specific players.
We played two centre-backs aged 21 and 19 in the Champions League, unbelievable. I’m very happy for Michel Vorm as well, GK and of course Fernando. They both scored and it’s so important for them, first of all to feel the net and confidence is so important, they played 90 minutes and helped the team to finish in this way
Pochettino said. “GK” is Georges N’Koudou, and “Fernando” no other than Llorente, both of whom scored, before and after Son Heung-Min, as Tottenham wrapped up their group campaign with a convincing 3-0 win over the Cyprus champions.