Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways in style as they beat Red Star Belgrade 5-0 on home turf in the Champions League. This was their first win in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) this season and should potentially get their campaign back on track. It should also ease the pressure on their manager Mauricio Pochettino for the time being at least. We look at the starting line-ups of both the sides for their UCL tie with some detailed match report.
Spurs made four changes to their side that drew against Watford on Saturday. Ben Davies, Heung-Min Son, and Erik Lamela all starting in what looked like a strong line-up for the home side. New signing Giovani Lo Celso was named on the bench after recovering from injury along with Christian Eriksen. The visitors also made four changes to their side that beat Rad Beograd last time out. Jose Canas and Rajiv Van La Parra starting to spice up the attack.
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Red Star fell behind early in London when Harry Kane scored from a corner in the 9th minute, much to the joy of the home fans. Minutes later Spurs were leading by two goals thanks to Son's well-taken finish from Lamela's cross. Spurs looking like a team oozing with confidence could have easily ended the tie in the first half itself with Lamela, Ndombele going close. The home side did score their third when Son netted his second after being fed by Tanguy Ndombele. The midfielder did very well to win the ball in the middle and find Son for an easy goal. The first half ended at 3-0.
The second half was more of the same picture as Tottenham continued their onslaught. Lamela scored their fourth in the 57th minute after going close minutes earlier. Harry Kane made it 5-0 after being on the end of yet another flowing move by the home side. Red Star failed to test Gazzaniga in the entire game giving a well-deserved clean sheet to Spurs.
Red Star failed to match Spurs' intensity for much of the game as the scoreline rightly suggests. Pochettino couldn't have asked for more from his side who blew the visitors away. A good attacking display that showed fluidity and rhythm along with solidity at the back, reminiscent of the old Spurs, might just shape up their season.