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Pochettino's Spurs heroes the Real deal

By Graham Luney

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed his Champions League heroes as they put Real Madrid to the sword in a sensational display at Wembley.

Dele Alli hit a brace and Christian Eriksen also netted as the holders crashed to a 3-1 defeat and Tottenham made the knockout phase.

"I'm very proud of my players and I congratulate them. I'm so pleased for Dele and our fans," said Pochettino.

Sergio Aguero became Manchester City's all-time top scorer as they beat Napoli 4-2. His 178th City goal took him above Eric Brook's long-standing club record.

Liverpool secured a 3-0 home win over Maribor with Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge on target.

But the result of the night was at Wembley where Harry Kane returned from injury to expertly lead the line for Tottenham as they secured a crucial 3-1 victory over Real Madrid.

The England striker, who missed the previous two Spurs games due to a hamstring problem, played 79 minutes to help his side guarantee qualification for the knockout stages of the competition, Cristiano Ronaldo pulling one back for the Spanish side late on.

Pochettino added: “The victory is so important for us.

“It’s a win over Real so it’s great for the club and fans.

“There’s a long way to go until the end of the season. What’s important is trying to achieve our challenge and target.

“Of course this win gives us great belief for everyone and confidence. We are now in the next stage of the Champions League. But now it’s so important to compete against Crystal Palace (on Sunday). Like a manager you can’t stop thinking.

“I told you yesterday that Dele (Alli) was coming. It’s important for him — his debut in the Champions League this season.

“It’s important he felt good. I feel a little bad for Toby Aldeweireld — we have to assess it (his injury).”

Goalscorer Alli said: “It was a fantastic display by us. We knew if we stuck to our gameplan and were solid at the back then we’d get chances. We’re very happy with the result. I wasn’t surprised (we were dominant).

“We couldn’t believe how much space we had at the Bernabeu (last month). We don’t want to just compete with these teams, we want to beat them. I’m happy to get two goals but more importantly it was a win.”

Eriksen, who scored the third, said: “We played a professional game. If we had more composure we could have got more.

“We take this on to the next stage. We’re happy to be through.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Maribor did not come without a cost as Georginio Wijnaldum was added to a growing injury list.

The Holland midfielder limped off after just 17 minutes to join the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne as players currently unavailable to manager Jurgen Klopp.

“At half-time the ankle was already swollen. It is probably not a good sign,” said Klopp.

“We saw a kick in the game, we didn’t think it was too serious, we were not sure if it was swollen or if he twisted it. For sure we have to make a scan.”

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