Monday 23 April 2018

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 Dele Alli celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Real Madrid in the Champions League
Tottenham's Dele Alli celebrates scoring for Tottenham against Real Madrid in the Champions League

By Max McLean

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.

Winks to Trippier to Alli – a goal made in England, scored at Wembley, and it didn’t even involve Kane.

With England’s youth teams holding two age-group World Cups, is the future brighter than ever before?

One former England legend was impressed.

And with good reason – first, Alli completed a brace, putting Spurs 2-0 up.

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.

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.

Of course, with great talent comes great danger.

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?

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