Sport Pochettino lauds fringe players after APOEL victory

10:00  07 december  2017
10:00  07 december  2017 Source:   Goal.com

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his fringe players after they ensured the club's Champions League Group H campaign finished with a flourish on Wednesday.

Pochettino made eight changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Watford in the Premier League at the weekend, but his new-look side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over APOEL at Wembley.

Fernando Llorente and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou both scored their first goals for the club, while Son Heung-min continued his impressive recent form with a wonderful finish.

  Pochettino lauds fringe players after APOEL victory © Getty The win means that Tottenham finish top of their group ahead of reigning champions Real Madrid with 16 points – more than any other side in this season's Champions League.

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino lauds fringe players . Pochettino made eight changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Watford in the Premier League at the weekend, but his new-look side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over APOEL at Wembley.

A much-changed Spurs side cruised to a 3-0 victory on Wednesday, much to the delight of their manager.

"To finish in a good way was fantastic for us," Pochettino told BT Sport. "Some players who had not played every week had the possibility to play and I am so happy for their performance.

"To finish with 16 points is a fantastic achievement in a difficult group."

Danny Rose, who has spent much of the season watching from the sidelines, was substituted in the second half and appeared to be frustrated by the decision.

  Pochettino lauds fringe players after APOEL victory © Reuters Pochettino, however, explained that it was a precautionary measure after the left-back had received a cut to the face.

"Players are never happy when they are going out," he added. "He had a big cut and the doctors said he needed a stitch and it was impossible to play.

"Of course, the player was frustrated because it was Champions League, but there is nothing wrong."

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