Huddersfield had no answer to Tottenham danger man Lucas Moura… His performance warns Manchester City that Spurs can cope without Harry Kane and Dele Alli
- Lucas Moura scored a superb hat-trick as Tottenham trounced Huddersfield 4-0
- The match came between crucial Champions League tie with Manchester City
- Spurs will be without Harry Kane and Dele Alli for the second leg at the Etihad
- But Moura showed Mauricio Pochettino’s side have potent strength in reserve
- REPORT: Tottenham smash Huddersfield despite making seven changes
The Tottenham team sheet said it all. Then Lucas Moura had his say.
The Brazilian hit a hat-trick which will have been noted at Manchester City.
Lucas Moura scored a superb hat-trick for Tottenham in a 4-0 thrashing of Huddersfield
Moura’s fine finishing showed Tottenham can cope without injured Harry Kane and Dele Alli
But they will have Moura and Heung-min Son – and that is a goal threat City will ignore at their peril.
True, the opposition was hardly taxing. For Huddersfield, the season is over. Done with. They are down.
But for Spurs, there is still so much at stake. As well as a place in Premier League the top four, they are looking for a place in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition.
Hence the seven changes from the line-up that secured a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City in midweek.
No Harry Kane. Injured. No Dele Alli. Also injured.
But with one eye on Wednesday’s second leg at the Etihad, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to leave Kieran Tripper, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Son on the bench and Harry Winks was omitted altogether.
Victor Wanyama opened the scoring for Tottenham after rounding Huddersfield’s Ben Hamer
Pochettino clearly felt he had enough against an outfit doomed to play in the Championship next season. He was right.
In came the likes of Victor Wanyama and Kyle Walker-Peters as well promising young central defender Juan Foyth to add zip, zest and power.
Quite simply, Huddersfield had no answer.
Their fans had travelled from Yorkshire for one of the few glimpses left of a Premier League atmosphere.
And they showed some gallows humour when Spurs spent the first 20 minutes looking for a breakthrough.
‘How bad must you be, we’re drawing away’ they sang. Except they did not use the word ‘bad’.
The response to their ill-judged taunt came four minutes later as Fernando Llorente ushered the ball past an excuse for a challenge and that set up Wanyama to shoot past Ben Hamer. End of resistance.
Huddersfield offered little resistance to Mauricio Pochettino’s side but the win will be a boost
Worse was to come three minutes later as the immense Moussa Sissoko accelerated into the Huddersfield half and set up Lucas Moura to drive emphatically past Hamer.
To their credit, Huddersfield did not down tools. They gave it their best but as has been the case so often this season, it was not enough.
Even when they had an opening, it was squandered notably when Jon Gorenc Stankovic shot over from close range close to half-time.
Indeed Pochettino had the luxury of introducing 18-year-old Oliver Skipp for 20 minutes of valuable top flight experience.
But in truth, Huddersfield had no answer to the Spurs danger man Moura. He added a third goal – and treated his audience to an impressive display of gymnastics – in the 87th minute.
Moura’s third goal came off the back of Son Heung-Min through ball before firing into the net
He makes up for his lack of height with a formidable upper body strength. And he has a fearsome burst of pace.
It gives grounds for optimism going into Wednesday night’s showdown.
Of course Spurs will miss Kane. Any team would.
But in Moura and Son, Pochettino has a well-balanced strike force that will provide Manchester City with problems.
Unlike Huddersfield, the season is far from over for Spurs. Top four and last four – they are the twin targets.
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