Christian Eriksen’s late goal kept Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions league hopes alive as they beat Inter Milan 1-0 at Wembley.
Following defeats in their reverse fixtures against Inter and a home loss to Barcelona, Tottenham were in a win or bust situation and they left it late as substitute Eriksen scored with ten minutes remaining.
Harry Winks struck the bar and Jan Vertonghen headed wide as Spurs pressed but it took the introduction of Eriksen to make the crucial breakthrough as he was the beneficiary of good work by Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli to score at the far post with 10 minutes left.
The victory means Tottenham in their final group game against Barcelona have to match or better Inter’s result against PSV to qualify.
Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris – I truly think Lloris is the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment and his clean sheet in this all important game showed that.
Right Back: Serge Aurier – Aurier got hold of the ball and constantly started off attacks.
Centre Back: Toby Alderweireld – He was dominate in the air, comfortable on the ball and nearly scored.
Centre Back: Jan Vertonghen – Very similar to his compatriot but this was more impressive as he has been out with an injury before this game. Man of the match
Left Back: Ben Davies – Was impressive on the ball and he linked up well with Dele Alli and Eriksen when he came on.
Central Def Midfield: Harry Winks – I can’t stress how impressed I have been with Winks. He’s so technically good and never gives the ball away. He even hit the crossbar in a rare shooting opportunity. I hope he starts to become a starter.
Central Def Midfield: Moussa Sissoko – These last few weeks have been really impressive for Sissoko. He’s getting on the ball and isn’t giving it away. He got in the way of a dangerous Milan shot. One particular surging run was loved by the Spurs faithful as they chanted his name.
Right Midfield: Christian Eriksen – Christian was unfortunate not to start as he was excellent against Chelsea. He came on and changed the game. Coming back to his best now.
Central Att Midfield: Dele Alli – He got the important assist for the goal and he was trying things all game.
Left Midfield: Lucas Moura – He has the beating of D’Ambrosia all game and was a constant threat.
Striker: Harry Kane – Kane completes an all Spurs eleven! He was unlucky not to score and he was arguably the best attacking player all game.
Bad day at the office for: Erik Lamela
The only Spurs starter to not have been included in my combined eleven. Nothing particularly bad from Lamela but with the form he has been on lately he would of hoped for more effectiveness in the game. He didn’t succeed in a dribble all game. I would be surprised if he starts this weekend in the Premier league.
Opinion: A very impressive victory for Tottenham and it keeps their hopes alive. Inter Milan made it tough and sat in as they knew a point would be enough. I would’ve expected them to have been a little better but Tottenham in the end deserved the victory. Surprisingly, I don’t see Barcelona beating Tottenham at Nou Camp when the stakes are high. Barcelona have been inconsistent this season and I can see the attacking talent of Tottenham taking the game to them. I would have confidence with at least a point but it may not be enough.
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Davies; Sissoko, Winks; Lucas, Alli, Lamela; Kane
Inter Milan: Handanovic; D’Ambrosia, Vrij, Skriniar, Asamoaj; Vecino, Brozovic; Perisic, Nainggolan, Politano; Icardi
Tottenham Subs: Gazzaniga, Rose, Walker-Peters, Dier, Eriksen, Llorente, Son
Inter Milan Subs: Padelli, Martinez, Candreva, Ranocchia, Valero, Keita, Miranda
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir