February 25, 2016 22:24
Tottenham Hotspur goes through to Europa League Last 16
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Fiorentina (Agg: 4-1)
Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela scored to send Mauricio Pochettino’s side through to the Europa League Last 16, even though the Spurs were missing superstar Harry Kane due to a broken nose.
Tottenham will face Dortmund in the Last 16 after the Spurs easily defeated Serie A top tier Fiorentina, with goals from Lamela, Mason and a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal securing a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane, while Thomas Tuchel's side booked a place for Dortmund in the last-16 with a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win over Porto.
Erik Lamula, Tottenham Hotspur
Young Argentina Spurs star Erik Lamela said after the match, “Mauricio Pochettino has turned my career around.” Twenty three year old attacker Lamela signed for Tottenham from Roma in 2013 for £30million with some of the £86m they received from Gareth Bale's move to Real Madrid.
'Mauricio has been so helpful,' Lamela said. 'This is my third season at Tottenham, and at the beginning it was really hard for me. But Pochettino has improved everything.
'He is so demanding during the week and we train so hard. I'm still surprised by the intensity he demands during the training sessions.
'I have accepted that I don't play all the games, it's actually impossible to play every game,” continued Lamela.'Honestly, I think I'm having the best season of my career.'
Lamela has returned for the Spurs Europa League second leg tie with Fiorentina, having missed last week's 1-1 draw in Italy.
Gonzalo Rodriguez, Fiorentina
Fiorentina captain Gonzalo Rodriguez put the ball into his own net to complete a 4-1 aggregate victory for Spurs
Dele Alli was shown a yellow card in the second-half at White Hart Lane and will miss the first-leg in the next round.
Ryan Mason, Harry Kane, Erik Lamela, Tottenham Hotspur
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Jurgen Klopp’s Spurs won the UEFA Cup in 1972 and 1984, however The German club have never won the Europa League.
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Mauricio Pochettino, Manager Tottenham Hotspur