Having Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in the same Champions League group, dropping points against APOEL, even away from home, in Cyprus, would have been suicidal for Tottenham. They didn’t.
It was important to get three points. It was must-win. One of those games that you absolutely must win
Mauricio Pochettino told reporters after his team’s 3-0 win at APOEL Nicosia, in a game missed by no less than seven players who, under normal circumstances, would have made the starting lineup, if available.
We were fantastic. Today there were some performances from players who are not regulars and a hat-trick for Harry Kane. It was a fantastic performance
the Argentine said, obviously relieved to have seen his team deliver in what was a very tricky game, given the number of absentees Tottenham had.
As for Kane, his hat-trick was the first for an English player since Danny Welbeck’s back in 2014, and his ninth overall as a Tottenham player.
The London side is on six points from two matches in the group having beaten Borussia Dortmund at Wembley two weeks ago. Their next two games will be against Real Madrid, while in the Premier League they will be hosting Bournemouth this Saturday.