Mauricio Pochettino claims Georges-Kevin Nkoudou 'can smile again' after his APOEL display

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino attends a press conference at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on December 5, 2017 on the...

Tottenham Hotspur beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (R) shoots to score their third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Tottenham Hotspur and...Tottenham Hotspur's Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (R) scores against APOEL

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London that he is so happy for Georges-Kevin Nkoudou after his goal against APOEL Nicosia.

Spurs went into their last Champions League group game needing a strong performance after some recent struggles in the Premier League, though their passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League was already settled.

Pochettino rotated much of his side, and it was Serge Aurier who whipped a cross in for striker Fernando Llorente to turn his marker and slide home the opener for his first ever Tottenham goal.

Tottenham Hotspur's French midfielder Georges-Kevin N'Koudou (R) vies with Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli (L) after scoring their third goal during the UEFA Champions...Tottenham Hotspur's Geoges-Kevin Nkoudou celebrates with Dele Alli

Llorente then teed up Son Heung-min for the second before half time, and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou's deflected strike in the second half sealed a 3-0 victory at Wembley Stadium.

Tottenham head through to the knockout stages as group winners in a group containing Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, and with key players rested up ahead of the weekend Premier League game against Stoke City, Pochettino will be pleased with the evening's work.

One player who will certainly be delighted is winger Nkoudou, who has failed to impress for Spurs since his 2016 move from Marseille, but bagged his first goal for Tottenham against APOEL.

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino attends a press conference at Tottenham Hotspur's Enfield Training Centre, north-east of London, on December 5, 2017 on the...

After the final whistle, manager Pochettino has told Football.London that he was so happy for Nkoudou, noting that 'he can smile again' after finally finding the net for Spurs.

“So happy for him. Good that he scores. He can smile again. He’s still so young,” said Pochettino. “I’ve been happy with him in the last few weeks and how he has improved. He’s so young and it’s about the tempo and the timing. When you came from France and a lot of things happen in your life you need more time to adapt.”

“He’s always smiling, he’s very nice and everyone loves him. We feel bad, and I feel disappointed when I can’t give him the possibility to play. Now we need to push him to improve and improve,” he added.

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