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Mauricio Pochettino: 'Tottenham Hotspur had to beat APOEL'

Pochettino: 'Crucial to beat APOEL'
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Mauricio Pochettino insists that Tottenham Hotspur had to win their Champions League game at APOEL and admits that his side were "fantastic" on the day.

Mauricio Pochettino has expressed delight and relief with Tottenham Hotspur triumphing 3-0 in their "must-win" Champions League game away at APOEL.

Spurs rode their luck throughout much of the first half in Cyprus on Tuesday but took the lead against the run of play in the 39th minute through Harry Kane.

Hugo Lloris was forced into two crucial saves after the interval as APOEL continued to threaten, but Kane added two more goals to make sure of victory.

"It was a tough game. They were very motivated. It was important to get three points. It was a must-win," Pochettino told BT Sport after the final whistle.

"We were fantastic. Today there were some good performances from players who are not regulars and a hat-trick for Harry Kane, it was a fantastic performance.

"I am happy because in some games maybe we dominate and create lot of chances and cannot score. Tonight we were clinical in front of goal."

Tottenham's win sees the North Londoners join Real Madrid with a six-point advantage over APOEL and Borussia Dortmund at the top of Group H.

Mauricio Pochettino embraces Harry Kane during the Champions League game between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund on September 13, 2017
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