If Spurs’ first goal against Real Madrid is anything to go by, England’s future lies with Pochettino
Wembley Stadium was a fitting location for Tottenham’s impressive win.
Tottenham’s 3-1 win against current Champions League holders Real Madrid was hugely impressive and fittingly, at Wembley Stadium, it was a group of English players who stood out.
Mauricio Pochettino started five England players – Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane – and three of them linked expertly for the game’s opener.
😍 That Winks ball— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 1, 2017
👌 Trippier's cross
👍 Dele's finish
A goal made in England at Wembley 🦁 pic.twitter.com/XDneroqQDR
Winks to Trippier to Alli – a goal made in England, scored at Wembley, and it didn’t even involve Kane.
🦁 Dele, Milton Keynes— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 1, 2017
🦁 Harry Winks, Hemel Hempstead
🦁 Kieran Trippier, Bury
English talent has pegged back the Galácticos 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Do0EvG38Z8
Spurs take the lead against Real Madrid with a beautifully worked goal finished off by @dele_official— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 1, 2017
With England’s youth teams holding two age-group World Cups, is the future brighter than ever before?
Brilliant goal from Spurs. Winks to Tripper to Alli - England to win the 2022 World Cup under Pochettino, possibly— Matt Dickinson (@DickinsonTimes) November 1, 2017
One former England legend was impressed.
And with good reason – first, Alli completed a brace, putting Spurs 2-0 up.
2 - Dele Alli is the first Englishman to score a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League since Steven Gerrard (March 2009). Star. pic.twitter.com/lKnRRALNUZ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 1, 2017
And then the north London side made it 3-0 with yet more English involvement, before Cristiano Ronaldo scored a consolation goal to make it 3-1 at the final whistle.
Sensational. 3-0. Alli to Kane to Eriksen. Brilliant counter-attack. Real ripped apart. Wembley deafening.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 1, 2017
Winks is the latest to catch the eye – the 21-year-old is emerging as an assured presence on the ball in midfield against elite opponents.
The beauty of Harry Winks is not just where and when he passes a football, but how. He's got a foot like a set of golf clubs.— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) November 1, 2017
Of course, with great talent comes great danger.
Tomorrow's papers today:— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) November 1, 2017
* Eriksen to Barcona
* Dele Alli to Real Madrid
* Harry Kane to Real Madrid
* Poch anywhere he wants to go.
But think of it this way: why would a Spurs player go to Real Madrid when Tottenham are three points above them in Group H and already through to the next round of the competition?