Spurs close in on last-16 berth with 4-0 rout of Red Star
SHOWS: BELGRADE, SERBIA (NOVEMBER 6, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
Class="kln">TOTTENHAM HOTSPURMANAGER, MAURICIO POCHETTINO, SAYING: "The plan was to try to battle this atmosphere and energy, playing football and playing in the opposite half, being aggressive with the ball, trying to dominate.
I think the approach, from the beginning, was very good from.
We defended well, and in the end we dominated.
I think our positional game in the opposite half was fantastic from the team.
And, some luck, because I think we scored and they didn't score from the few chances that we conceded in the first half." 2.
(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) RED STAR MANAGER, VLADAN MILOJEVIC, SAYING: "Congratulating Tottenham a deserved win.
I think we tried a different approach from the match in London.
Here, we wanted to reduce those areas for the Tottenham players, with the class they have, with their speed and skill and everything else.
I think we matched them pretty well to reach those chances for a goal and try to steer the match into a different direction." STORY: Tottenham Hotspur closed in on a berth in the Champions League knockout stages after two goals from Son Heung-min and one each by Giovani Lo Celso and Christian Eriksen gave them a resounding 4-0 Group B win at Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday (November 6).
The result left Spurs second in the group on seven points from four games, five behind leaders Bayern Munich who sealed a last-16 berth with two games to spare after a 2-0 home win over
Third-placed Red Star have three points and Olympiakos one.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was delighted with his team's performance in a raucous atmosphere and praised the home fans, whose die-hard end applauded Red Star players off the pitch despite a crushing defeat.
Red Star coach Vladan Milojevic conceded there was a gulf in class between the two teams. Many Red Star fans left the acoustic Rajko Mitic stadium in a hurry before the final whistle, with several hundred visiting Spurs supporters in full swing.
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