Without Harry Kane for Tottenham, hat trick hero Lucas Moura is now the key to their Champions League clash against Manchester City … plus finding out who makes my team of the week
- Lucas Moura led Tottenham's victory over Huddersfield with a hat trick
- The attacker can claim a central phase for himself in which Harry Kane is injured
- Tottenham will play in the Champions League in Manchester City on Wednesday
Not for the first time this season, Tottenham has shown that they can produce great performances without Harry Kane.
This time, however, it was Lucas Moura and not Son Heung-min who was the star of the show with an excellent hat trick against Huddersfield.
Moura did not look like a player who had scored only once in 12 games in 2019.
Lucas Moura scored an excellent hat trick for Tottenham against Huddersfield
He showed an excellent technique with his second goal to control the ball with his left side before coming forward with his right side. His emphatic third was the sign of a confident player.
Moura should be allowed to record this momentum in Spurs & Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City on Etihad on Wednesday.
Pep Guardiola set down City to contain Tottenham in the first leg of last week. He played with only one creative midfielder and sent them with one hand behind their backs.
On Sunday, he restored Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane to the starting line-up at Crystal Palace with clear instructions to attack. That is also the message against Spurs.
Tottenham may find they have to weather the storm for long periods, but in Moura and Son they have two speed devils who can punish City during the break.
The attacker must be able to take his momentum in the Manchester City clash
Son fit in well with Moura in a seven-minute cameo off the couch on Saturday. They must be given the opportunity to develop that partnership if Spurs offers to reach the semifinals of the Champions League.
Much has been done about Tottenham's lack of recruitment in the past two transfer windows, but Son and Moura have proven to be substitutes for Kane.
Imagine how good this team could be if Mauricio Pochettino is supported with funds to further improve his team this summer.
Raheem Sterling's brilliant first goal at Crystal Palace is a clear example of how much he developed his game.
While walking to Kevin De Bruyne's passing ball just past the half-line, Sterling only had to take a single touch to place himself in the box before shooting.
A few seasons ago, Sterling had been tempted to touch the ball earlier and take up the defender. Now he knows that less is more and reaps the benefits.
Sterling has been involved in 55 Premier League goals in the last two seasons – two more than in his previous six combined campaigns.
Raheem Sterling scored twice as Manchester City recorded a crucial win over Crystal Palace
First his miracle goal against Southampton, now a lightning bolt to defeat Chelsea … it is safe to say that Mohamed Salah has returned to the party!
The talisman from Liverpool once again produces those moments that leave you looking and admiring.
He is approaching the levels we saw last season – and at the perfect time for Liverpool & # 39; s title bid.
Mike Dean was right to overthrow Cardiff's penalty against Burnley, but could have kicked a spot moments earlier when a shot hit Ben Mee & # 39; s arm. VAR would have given it in the Champions League.
When technology arrives in the Premier League next season, I hope it offers consistency in both games.
Everyone can beat the Arsenal look of Unai Emery at home. Away from the Emirates, their performance makes me want to hide behind the couch.
Although his team is nine points better off than they were under Arsene Wenger last season, Emery has not yet found a way that Arsenal can be successful on the road.
Unai Emery urgently needs to resolve the inconsistent form of Arsenal in the competition
If they want to achieve their double goals to finish in the top four and win the Europa League, they must quickly cure their travel sickness.
Four of their next five games are away from home, starting with tonight's trip to Watford. It will not be easy against the FA Cup finalists.
Last season, don't forget, Arsenal lost 2-1 on Vicarage Road and Troy Deeney accused them of missing & # 39; cojones & # 39 ;. These next fourteen days will determine whether this is a successful campaign for Arsenal.