Tottenham Hotspur cruised to a 2-0 victory over Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia as Jermain Defoe and Nacer Chadli scored for the away side.
Spurs continued their fine form and brilliant start to their season with what turned out to be a comfortable win over Anzhi in the Europa League. This victory have put Tottenham in the driving seat in this group as they currently lead it with a four-point lead over FC Sheriff.
Jermain Defoe, who scored a brace in the opening match of this group, scored the opening goal in the 34th minute of the match after Holtby found him with a ball inside the box. New signing Nacer Chadli, who recently returned from an injury, doubled Spurs’ list in the space of five minutes and this time Kyle Walker provided the assist. Spurs dominated possession throughout the game and didn’t allow Anzhi any real sniff at coming back into the match.
Defoe, who scored the opener, pointed out how Anzhi made it difficult for them in the early part of the match, before the London club used the flanks to stretch their defence.
“It was difficult [early on] because they sat behind the ball and tried to hit us on the counterattack and that meant we couldn’t really find any space to try and cut through the middle. We tried to get it out wide and we managed to score a goal and to then go 2-0 into half-time was vital. We tried to get the third in the second half as that kills the game completely.” – The Tottenham Hotspur striker said.
Defoe also praised manager Andre Villas-Boas for his tactical acumen and expressed his delight at the current strength of the squad after a busy summer.
“This is one of the strongest squads [we’ve had] with the new players that have come in. I think the manager has done well tactically as we are not conceding a lot of goals and we are always going to score goals with the players that we have got. When players come into the team they know their jobs and they know what they have to do, which is important. I believe we have that winning mentality and we believe we can win every game we play.
“There’s still a long way to go, but if we keep on winning games you never know what could happen.” – Defoe added.
Tottenham dominated most of the statistics in this game, as depicted by the above images from Whoscored, but perhaps the most intriguing statistic was that of Tottenham’s attack side. 47% of Tottenham’s attack came down their left hand side with Chadli being heavily involved.