IT was vital that Tottenham added a positive result alongside a dominant performance on Wednesday night and they got both.
Apoel barely threatened as Spurs finished top of their Champions League group with 16 points from a possible 18. However, their form in the Premier League has them languishing in sixth place and with no wins in their last four games, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino would have been pleased his side got back to winning ways.
Stoke travel to Wembley on Saturday knowing they face a Spurs side in a bit of slump of form and wouldn’t have been able to take much away from Spurs’ 3-0 victory.
Harry Kane was rested and Dele Alli was kept largely in check as he continues his attempt to back to some kind of form.
For Pochettino, this game was used to rest players and give those on the fringes of the first-team squad valuable minutes as the league enters the busy Christmas period.
Striker Fernando Llorente scored the opener and grabbed a much-needed goal as he tries to establish a role in this Spurs side. The same can be said for youngster Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, who netted the third and final goal.
Pochettino said after that the Frenchman needed time and patience as he to adapts to a new league. However, having players who can come in and score when Kane is rested is a huge bonus and the former Southampton boss will be hoping the duo can pick up where they left off over the next few weeks.
Eighteen points off the top at the start of December is not where Spurs thought they would be, but top of a Champions League group with Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund — 12 months on from being dumped out at this stage — is a sign that progress continues to be made at the club.