Mauricio Pochettino effectively deployed a second team in the Europa League clash with Monaco yet, despite this, Tottenham cruised to a 4-1 victory over last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists. Argentine Erik Lamela set Spurs on their way within two minutes and added to his goal by grabbing a first half hat-trick, the first in his career. Tom Carroll also nicked a goal from an uninviting angle, epitomising Tottenham’s excellence.Embed from Getty Images
Strength in depth realised
Spurs’ fresh and young English talent rose to the European stage on Thursday night with a confidence and skill that could only have been developed under Pochettino’s coaching regime. 18 year old Josh Onomah started his first game for Spurs and Tom Carroll scored his first goal. Pochettino’s continued faith in young talent has increased his popularity within the footballing world and the fact that most of this young breed of talent is home-grown ensures that the supporters feel a connection – 5 Britons started the match and 6 finished it with Dele Alli a late substitute.
Tottenham a force in Europe
When the draw is made on Monday, teams across Europe will be fearing the prospect of drawing Spurs and facing them at the Lane where they won all their group stage games convincingly and remain unbeaten in the league at home. Whoever faces Spurs will be dreading the game they will have to play in N17.
Quantity yet quality
Spurs have already convinced us that they have strength in depth yet this apparent second team was able to thrash Monaco, the team that pushed Arsenal out of the Champions League last campaign. This really underlines the quality that Spurs possess – who knows what havoc Harry Kane and co. could have caused if given the opportunity!