Despite reservation from sizeable sections of Tottenham’s fanbase, Mauricio Pochettino insisted it was important that his side were involved in the Europa League having failed to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League. Well, he’s got his wish. Spurs crushed their Wembley woes by beating CSKA Moscow 3-1
Alan Dzagoev opened the scoring before Alli and Kane both struck before half-time to deliver the required three points and ensure that Spurs’ three games at Wembley can’t be considered a total write-off.
Yes, Wembley has been a thoroughly miserable home away from home for Spurs over the past three months, but they made a marvellous start here. After only seven minutes, Dele Alli spurned a wonderful chance with a header after a whipped cross from Christian Eriksen.
Quite simply, CSKA had not shown up and, with players scattered all over the shop, Spurs were free to pick apart a dishevelled defence as they wished. Indeed, with a playmaker of Eriksen’s clout roaming the channels, that was ominous for the Russian side.
The Dane is often liberated by space in front of him, and he utilised it well once again to free Alli with a beautifully weighted pass that sliced the CSKA defence wide open down the middle, only for the midfielder to miscue his effort.