Tottenham took a step in the right direction this week, with a win against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday. The team is now four games through the group stage, with two important games remaining. Tottenham’s chances of advancing in the tournament are depending upon strong finishes, which will rely on their superstar players.
Looking back at the game this week against PSV.
Spurs looking at the statistics of the game completely dominated PSV, Tottenham had 76% of the possession in the game. PSV scored a very early goal in the second minute of the game, Luuk de Jong was the scorer. This goal was one of only eight shots, with four on target, taken by PSV in the entire game. Tottenham, on the other hand, shot the ball an impressive 30 times in the game, with ten being on target. They were challenging the defense and goalkeeper consistently, however, Tottenham was not getting the breakthrough they needed. Their luck turned when superstar striker, Harry Kane, bagged a goal in the 78th minute. The goal was a half volley from inside the box, rocketed in the bottom right corner of the net.
With the game tied, Tottenham knew they had to push for a second in hopes to qualify to the knockout stages. The second goal had a stroke of fortune with it, as the ball took two deflections from different defenders. The ball was crossed in by Ben Davis on the left wing and found Kane’s head followed by the legs of 2 PSV defenders. After all of the deflections, the ball crept into the bottom right corner of the goal, giving Tottenham the lead. The game was then Tottenham keeping the ball and then sealing the victory.
Tottenham is now looking towards their games against Inter Milan and Barcelona, both of which are key to advancing in the tournament. Inter Milan are currently three points ahead of Tottenham in the group, so securing a win is key. The win will find them equal on points with Inter Milan, then focus will be shifted to Barcelona. Tottenham needs to keep battling in order to advance in the tournament, but having their starters back in the squad hopes are high.