By Harvey Byrne
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the man of the match following his side’s 1-0 defeat against the Champions League runners-up.
The praise for the goalkeeper is also a testament to Spurs’ attacking players after they were able to work the world-class goalkeeper so much during the match.
However, it is also a sign that the north London club may have to rely on star striker Harry Kane again for the goals next season. Kane didn’t feature in Friday’s match due as he is on an extended rest after performing at this summer’s European Championships.
“Their GK was man of the match which says a lot. We finished the game with 9 players who have come through the academy – great,” said Pochettino as quoted by the club’s Twitter page.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper impressed around the world last season after conceding just 26 goals in 51 appearances.
The Slovenia international also had an outstanding La Liga season and played all 38 of Atletico’s matches, where his side conceded just 18 league goals.
The Tottenham side clearly faced a world-class goalkeeper and Oblak made a stunning save to keep out a Christian Eriksen effort early on in the match.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that new signing Vincent Janssen can help to relieve Kane of the pressure on his shoulders once the Netherlands international settles into the side.
The England international scored 36% of Spurs’ league goals last season, netting 25 and winning the golden boot.
In other Tottenham team news, Christian Eriksen is confident Spurs will be even stronger this season following their two new signings.