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Tottenham star shows real class to upstage returning 26-year-old

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Tottenham star shows real class to upstage returning 26-year-old

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick was timely for Spurs who booked a final with Liverpool in June.

Tottenham completed a memorable comeback last night to defeat Ajax and reach the final of the Champions League. Spurs trailed at the break 3-0 on aggregate but three second-half goals edged them through to face Liverpool.

It was a stunning performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s men and trumped Jurgen Klopp’s team and their turnaround victory against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick last night to offer a timely reminder to Spurs fans of the quality he possesses. The £80k-a-week star (Spotrac) has always had the quality but finding consistency has proved problematic.

The Brazilian was actually the last player which Spurs signed. His arrival in January 2018 was the time Pochettino dipped his toe into the transfer market; making reaching the Champions League final all the more impressive.

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All the emphasis was on Heung-min Son last night. He missed the first leg defeat to Ajax through suspension and his return was set to offer Spurs a lifeline.

 

Last night saw the South Korean upstaged by Moura though. When the chips were down and Spurs needed a hero, it was the former PSG man who grabbed the responsibility with both hands.

Son has been in fantastic form this season. His 20 goals and 10 assists have ensured Spurs haven’t missed Harry Kane when he has nursed injuries.

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In Moura, however, Pochettino looks to have found a player who can share the mantle of winning games with Son.

It is unclear at this stage whether Kane will make the final. Dropping Moura will be difficult after his semi-final heroics and that could mean bad news for Son when the team is picked ahead of the Madrid finale.

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