Champions League: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Heung-Min Son scores winner for Tottenham Hotspur


UEFA Champions League Match Week 2 Group E: CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham Hostpur

Heung-Min Son (71’ minutes)

Tottenham Hotspurs' Heung-Min Son scored the winning goal, the only goal, of the Spurs Champions League qualifiers match away against CSKA Moscow, that put Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the top of Champions League Group E as South Korea international Son continues his hot streak scoring five goals in five games.

Son was nicknamed “Sonaldo” at his former club Bayer Leverkusen for his skill in goal-scoring and resemblance to Real Madrid Spanish La Liga superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Twenty-four-year-old Son must go into the South Korean army by the age of 28 for twenty-one months of mandatory military service missing almost two years of football at a time when Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur will be competing for Premier League and Champions League titles and silverware. At that time Son will swap a multi-million-pound contract for a maximum of roughly £130-per-month military pay. Draft dodging is not an option. Failure to serve without exemption leads to imprisonment.

South Korean star Heung-Min Son talked about the Spurs ‘must-win’ game against CSKA in the Champions League after losing their opening match of Group E against Monaco at Wembley.

“It's not easy with the travel, the cold, the time difference and I want to say that these points are gold points,” said Sonny. “We wanted three points and we are very happy to be on the way to making it easier than when we came here.”

Son scored in the 71st minute of a match dominated by Tottenham, with 22 attempts at goal compared to CSKA’s eight. The victory put Bayer Leverkusen into second place in the group behind Monaco after the French and German teams drew 1-1 in Monaco.

Sonny scored his fifth goal this season having scored twice at Stoke and again at Middlesbrough.

“Every day and every game, every weekend, I want to be focused to play, I want to be ready, I want to help my team-mates,” said Son. “It's not easy. We travelled to Russia, everyone was tired after Saturday's game - it’s not easy but I'm very thankful to my team-mates and the fans that have come here to Russia.”

Tottenham’s next Champions League fixture will be a battle with Bayer Leverkusen, Sonny’s former club, for MD3 on October 18 before the Spurs play the Bundesliga side at Wembley on November 2.

“I’m very excited to play there again, we will play for three points of course and I will enjoy the game I think,” added Son about going to Germany. “I try every game to score, I try to give my best every game and I will try to score against them. We’ll see how we play.”

Tottenham had hoped for a clear-cut chance to score, and it arrived at 71 minutes when Son scored the only goal against the Russian champions. Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco tied in France, as the Spurs climbed above the German side into second place in Group E.

Kieran Trippier made his Champions League debut against Moscow.

"Ever since I was a young boy I've always wanted to play at the highest level, I've been given the opportunity and I fully enjoyed it. Hopefully I can keep training well and every opportunity I get I'll keep playing well. It's only my second game this season, but I'm delighted, it's the Champions League!” said Trippier. “I'll keep training hard. Obviously Kyle Walker has been doing very well so I've just got to keep training hard and make sure I'm ready when I'm called upon and I'll do my best for the team."

Harry Winks was asked after the win what Mauricio said to him before his Champions League debut against Moscow and his opinion about how Spurs managed to improve from their opening loss to Monaco..

"It was to go on and do what Dele was doing really in terms of going forward, helping to link the play and getting the ball but mainly to give a little bit more cover to Victor defensively, to help out defensively, make it a little bit more solid and hopefully try to make us a little bit more compact, replied Winks. "Everyone’s just delighted that we’ve got the three points. It was a tough game, a tough atmosphere as well, their fans were brilliant so for us, just to get the three points in such a tough game, it was special and everyone’s delighted, we really are."

"It’s difficult to say. It’s a totally different game, it was a lot more tactical, we were a bit more patient, we didn’t force the issue and we were always confident the goal was going to come at some point. It’s always difficult when you play against a team that puts men behind the ball and makes it hard for you to create chances. We probably got suckered into a few sloppy mistakes in the first 20 minutes but we got into the game, I thought we controlled it for long periods and when the goal came it was nice to hang on,” Winks continued his response. "It can be a tough situation especially when the team starts putting the pressure on you and you can’t seem to get that goal on the counter-attack, or maybe there’s a couple of minutes where things aren’t going right but that’s when you’ve got to slow the game down and start to play a bit more direct. That’s what we did."

Erik Lamela said the victory was crucial after the Monaco defeat.

"It’s a very tough place to play, far from home, but we won and that’s important. We needed it after the first Champions League defeat and getting the victory was crucial. The team is going well. We needed this win against CSKA and now we are in a better position in the group stage."

Mauricio Pochettino plans to fight fire with fire against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side this weekend as Tottenham face the Premier League leaders at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Reportedly Pochettino plans to put a dent in Pep Guardiola’s impressive winning start as City manager and knock City out of their stride.


CSKA Moscow

Akinfeev, Fernandes, Wernbloom, Ignashevich, Tosic, Milanov, Traore, Golovin, Vasili Berezutski, Eremenko, Schennikov. Subs: Chepchugov, Alexsei Berezutski, Nababkin, Strandberg, Bebras Natcho, Gordyushenko. 

Tottenham Hotspur

Lloris, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Janssen, Lamela, Wanyama, Trippier, Alli, Eriksen, Davies. Subs: Vorm, Walker, Nkoudou, Onomah, Wimmer, Winks, Carter-Vickers. 

Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)

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