Jermain Defoe has admitted he had to impress against Tromso after Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas rested Roberto Soldado, Sky
Defoe took his opportunity with a brace in the 3-0 Europa League win, scoring both goals before the half-hour mark before substitute Christian Eriksen wrapped up the points in the opening game of the group stage. Defoe’s double also means he is closing in on the Spurs record for European goals, currently standing at Martin Chivers’ 22.
“It’s great, he’s a legend, to be up there with someone like that is great,” Defoe said after the match. “When you get an opportunity you’ve got to take it – it’s as simple as that,” he added. “The performance was good tonight – we’ve won the game quite comfortably.
“It’s a case of working hard for the team, to win the game. There’s a good spirit there and the new lads have been brilliant.”
Villas-Boas was also praising of Defoe’s contribution, saying: “What he’s capable of we know – I think his record speaks for itself.
“He’s been keeping himself sharp and fit and he’s been excellent tonight once again on his movements, on his diagonals, two great assists from Lewis (Holtby), and (Erik) Lamela but great movement also. I’m very pleased in general for the boys’ performance,” Villas-Boas added.
Villas-Boas has usually preferred to call on Soldado for the league programme so far this season, with the Spain international netting two penalties in his first two games for the London club.
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