Thanks to Tottenham Hotspur's summer transfer business, Andre Villas-Boas doesn't need to choose between trying to win Europa League and running his first choice players into the ground. He picked a heavily rotated squad to face Tromso on Thursday, but it was still one loaded with quality and Tottenham Hotspur put together a comfortable 3-0 win.
Unfortunately, the game featured three injuries for Spurs. Danny Rose had to come out in the first half, but he walked off under his own power and his substitution could have been precautionary. The same could go for Younes Kaboul, who walked off during stoppage time. However, Moussa Dembele had to leave the pitch on a stretcher and it wouldn't be surprising if he was much more seriously hurt than those two.
Jermain Defoe scored a first half brace and very well could have had a hat trick. Not long after he was denied from a narrow angle inside the box, he netted a goal from a similar angle, putting Spurs up in the 21st minute. Off a beautiful through ball from Erik Lamela, he chipped the ball over Marcus Sahlman to score. Eight minutes later, he hit another poacher's effort from inside the box, assisted by Lewis Holtby.
Spurs did a lot of knocking the ball around as they held onto their comfortable lead in the second half. Christian Eriksen entered the game in the 64th minute and went on to score an absolute screamer at the end of the match. From nearly 30 yards out, he curled a spectacular shot around Sahlman to make it 3-0 and put an exclamationpoint on Tottenham's win.
- Defoe put his money where his mouth was. If guys want to play more than they do, they need to make the most of their opportunities. That's what Defoe did today.
- The injuries. Ick. Obviously Dembele's looks the most likely to be serious, but Rose's will have the biggest effect on the team if he's out long term since we don't have any left backs. We probably should have kept Benny or bought a left back.
- Lewis Holtby is looking every bit as good in the hole as Christian Eriksen. I hope there's a legitimate battle between them for the starting role for ... a decade.
- ERIKSEN'S GOAL THO.