After a disappointing result on Matchday 1 when Tottenham Hotspur fell to a 2-1 defeat to AS Monaco at Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino and his men were determined to react and get their UEFA Champions League campaign back on track. On the agenda on Tuesday however was a difficult trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow, a venue where several of Europe’s leading sides have slipped up in years gone by.
It was an encouraging night for Spurs however, as they set about their tricky-looking task well, controlling possession with 67% overall and enjoying the better chances, including a powerful 20-yard drive from Dele Alli which cannoned back off the crossbar.
Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Mousa Dembélé, Moussa Sissoko and Harry Kane were all absent in the trip to Moscow, but after surviving a couple of scares, Spurs finally got the goal their efforts merited, and it was Son Heung-Min who came up with the goods yet again. The South Korea international netted his fifth goal in five games from Erik Lamela’s pass to hand Spurs their first Champions League win of the campaign.
After getting their campaign back on track, the North London outfit can go into Matchday III against Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen with confidence, the Germans having drawn at Monaco in their second game of the campaign, and it will be a fascinating reunion with his former club for the in-form Son Heung-Min.
So on the whole, what did we learn from this hard fought victory on testing soil for Pochettino’s Tottenham? Read on over the next few pages to find out!