Harry Kane was yet again star of the show against Qarabag in Tottenham’s latest trek across Europe for the Europa League. The London club booked their place in the last 32 of the competition with a 1-0 away victory, Kane grabbing the crucial goal after Son Heung-min and Dele Alli both struck the post with unfortunate efforts that could have been equally impressive goals.
Kane once again reiterated his ability is to score goals. His goals this season have come in different forms and from different areas; a hat-trick against Bournemouth, goals against Manchester City, Aston Villa and a brace at West Ham and, on Thursday evening, he scored his 9th in 6 games, a header from 2 yards. Kane has a strikers intent – to get into the box and into dangerous positions and from this desire, Spurs have capitalised as a team with more goals from set pieces than in previous campaigns.
Pochettino’s got sense
Although Pochettino made clear his disbelief in the Spurs fixture schedule, he took a strong squad to the Azerbaijani capital, ensuring that Tottenham made it through to the competitions last 32 with a game spare. This all adds up as all teams have a clogged fixture list during the Christmas period and Pochettino’s Spurs will be able to rest key players for the last game against Monaco at White Hart Lane.
Trippier allowed forward
Throughout the game, Kieran Trippier was given the opportunity to push forward and, more often than not, the routine was successful, giving Alli the perfect opportunity to open the scoring, although he wasn’t able to catch it properly. Kyle Walker has definitely cemented his spot in the first team starting xi but Trippier provides the perfect competition for the England international.
Key players rested
Mousa Dembele, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose didn’t travel with the rest of the squad to Baku and will be in perfect condition for the Chelsea match, which they are all likely to be given a start. Dele Alli is unavailable for the match, so it looks like Ryan Mason will deputise for the youngster.
Predicted xi to face Chelsea:
Lloris; Rose, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Walker; Dembele, Dier; Eriksen, Mason (or Lamela if fit), Son; Kane