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Lucas' hat-trick shows Spurs can cope without Kane & Alli vs Man City

  /  autty

The Tottenham team sheet said it all. Then Lucas Moura had his say.

The Brazilian hit a hat-trick which will have been noted at Manchester City.

Spurs will be without Harry Kane on Wednesday when combat is resumed in the Champions League.

But they will have Moura and Heung-Min Son – and that is a goal threat City will ignore at their peril.

True, the opposition was hardly taxing. For Huddersfield, the season is over. Done with. They are down.

But for Spurs, there is still so much at stake. As well as a place in Premier League the top four, they are looking for a place in the last four of Europe's premier club competition.

Hence the seven changes from the line-up that secured a 1-0 lead in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City in midweek.

No Harry Kane. Injured. No Dele Alli. Also injured.

But with one eye on Wednesday's second leg at the Etihad, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino opted to leave Kieran Tripper, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Heung-Min Son on the bench and Harry Winks was omitted altogether.

Pochettino clearly felt he had enough against an outfit doomed to play in the Championship next season. He was right.

In came the likes of Victor Wanyama and Kyle Walker-Peters as well promising young central defender Juan Foyth to add zip, zest and power.

Quite simply, Huddersfield had no answer.

Their fans had travelled from Yorkshire for one of the few glimpses left of a Premier League atmosphere.

And they showed some gallows humour when Spurs spent the first 20 minutes looking for a breakthrough.

'How bad must you be, we're drawing away ' they sang. Except they did not use the word 'bad'.

The response to their ill-judged taunt came four minutes later as Fernando Llorente ushered the ball past an excuse for a challenge and that set up Wanyama to shoot past Ben Hamer. End of resistance.

Worse was to come three minutes later as the immense Moussa Sissoko accelerated into the Huddersfield half and set up Lucas Moura to drive emphatically past Hamer.

To their credit, Huddersfield did not down tools. They gave it their best but as has been the case so often this season, it was not enough.

Even when they had an opening, it was squandered notably when Jon Gorenc Stankovic shot over from close range close to half-time.

Indeed Pochettino had the luxury of introducing 18-year-old Oliver Skipp for 20 minutes of valuable top flight experience.

But in truth, Huddersfield had no answer to the Spurs danger man Moura. He added a third goal – and treated his audience to an impressive display of gymnastics – in the 87th minute.

He makes up for his lack of height with a formidable upper body strength. And he has a fearsome burst of pace.

It gives grounds for optimism going into Wednesday night's showdown.

Of course Spurs will miss Kane. Any team would.

But in Moura and Son, Pochettino has a well-balanced strike force that will provide Manchester City with problems.

Unlike Huddersfield, the season is far from over for Spurs. Top four and last four – they are the twin targets.