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23rd March 2018

Son shines as Spurs earn their first Champions League points with win over CSKA Moscow

    Son shines as Spurs get Champions League campaign back on track

    Published: 28 September, 2016

    Uefa Champions League Group E

    WINGER HEUNG-Min Son took his devastating Premier League form into the Champions League tonight (Tuesday) as the South Korean forward hit an vital winner for Spurs in their tie away at CSKA Moscow.

    Son scored on 71 minutes and was at the heart of numerous chances, making it five goals in five games this season.
    And his good form comes at a crucial time for Spurs. Boss Mauricio Pochettino left first teamers Eric Dier, Mousa Dembele, Danny Rose, Harry Kane at home due to injuries, while Kyle Walker was give in a spot on the bench.
    But despite lacking five names who are in his favoured first XI, his squad players did not let him down, dominating this away tie from beginning to end.
    Spurs needed to produce after their disappointing Wembley opener two weeks ago that saw Monaco win 2-1 – and Pochettino was thrilled with the way his side set about their task.
    He said: “The victory is very important to us. It was the first in the Champions League and it is always important to get the first to feel more free and try to do what we know how to do – play football, feel free and win games. I'm very pleased, the performance was good, the game was tough, it's always difficult to play in Moscow but I think we fully deserved the victory.
    “We were patient because they are very well organised and it was difficult to penetrate them but we had the possession and managed the game in the way that we wanted to play.”
    Despite Tottenham's dominance, it took a clever tactical switch from Pochettino to break the deadlock. On 67, he took off centre forward Vincent Janssen, who had an energetic game, for recent signing winger Kevin N'Koudou. His pace and trickery instantly gave Spurs aded cut and thrust – and within four minutes of his arrival, they had scored the crucial goal.
    Erik Lamela, at the heart of so much of what was good about Spurs, played in Son and the South Korean, who had been brimming with confidence after his double against Middlesbrough on saturday, slotted home.
    Now Pochettino will be turning his sights to Sunday's top of the league clash with manchester City – content in the knowledge that his squad looks more than capable of rising to the challenges of mid week European games followed by tough Premier League show downs at the weekend. 


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