The Tottenham fans were absolutely ecstatic in the Transfer Tavern last night following a 3-1 victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Tottenham made a statement in this season’s European competition by comfortably dispatching of the current holders at Wembley. Madrid have lifted the Champions League 3 times in the last 4 seasons, but it was Spurs who looked like the dominant force in Europe during their clash last night. Pochetino’s side looked determined to make amends from the off, after a bitterly disappointing away defeat at Old Trafford on Saturday. Buoyed by the return of talisman Harry Kane, Tottenham took the game to Madrid and thoroughly deserved the 3 vital points that enabled them to qualify from Group H with two games to spare.
Although Spurs will now be targetting top spot in Group H, the final two games presents Pochetino with an opportunity to give some of the younger talents in his squad an experience of playing Champions League football.
The emergence of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Harry Winks at Spurs in recent seasons provide terrific examples of how unproven young talents can thrive within a top team and play a key role in its development.
Indeed, plenty of the Tottenham faithful propping up the bar here believe that the inclusion of young players has been the blueprint to Tottenham’s success under Pochetino.
Without the added pressure of requiring a positive result, Pochetino may be tempted to experiment in his next two fixtures in the Champions League and see what a handful of the youngsters have to offer the first-team.
Here are three players that should be in contention for first-team action within the coming weeks…