Mauricio Pochettino offers further praise to Son after Spurs edge victory in Russia

Mauricio Pochettino offers further praise to Son after Spurs edge victory in Russia

The Spurs boss described Son as being 'on fire' as his side claimed three away points in Group E.

Oliver Emmerson

Tottenham Hotspur boss Maurico Pochettino found himself singing the praises of Heung-Min Son once more on Tuesday evening, as the South Korean helped Spurs claim three vital Champions League points.

Having headed into the game away at CSKA Moscow with no points so far in the group, it was crucial for Pochettino's side to get off the mark, and it looked like they'd only claim a point as the deadlock remained unbroken for a long period of time.

Son strikes for the third time in a week

However, Son - having been thrust into a striking role during an in game tactical change - broke beyond the defence with less than 20 minutes to go, putting the ball past Igor Akinfeev to secure a 1-0 away win for the Lilywhites. 

It was the winger's third goal in two games, having netted a brace at the weekend to help his side to a 2-1 win at Middlesbrough. In the absence of the injured Harry Kane he's stepping up to the plate, having scored all of Spurs' late three goals.

Pochettino a happy man after three European points

Pochettino was left with few words to describe the 24-year-old, simply exclaiming "Son is on fire", before going on to state; "I am very pleased with him and his goals help the team."

The win was a big one for Tottenham, and the away contingent that made the journey to Russia to support the team on their travels. Considering this, it was little surprise to see Pochettino pay tribute to the fans, saying "I am delighted. First of all I want to thank the fans who travelled here."

Going on to speak more about the game at length, the Argentinean manager said; "The performance was good. The game was tough but we deserved the victory. We are in the race for the next round. It was an important victory, this was a must win game, so we are second in the group now. But it is still all open."