Three Things Learned from Tottenham 3-0 APOEL

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal past Nauzet Perez of Apoel FC during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia...

Tottenham Hotspur thrashed APOEL 3-0 at Wembley to cap a superb Champions League group stage where they ended up top with 16 points. What did we learn?

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between...

1. Harry Winks is the truth

My goodness, how many more brilliant performances on the top table of European football can a youngster deliver before he gets his due as one of the brightest talents in the country? Jack Wilshere is still trading off one game against Barcelona in 2011.

Winks has started five of the six group stage games this season, with the game he missed (Dortmund at home) being Tottenham's worst performance in the group. Winks was brilliant in every game, and against APOEL continued to show his wonderful assurance at the base of midfield.

Winks completed 88% of his passes and won 67% of his tackles. He was excellent and that excellence radiated out to the rest of the side, who played with a similar sense of calm. If Tottenham want to get their league campaign back on track then the best thing they could do is start playing Harry Winks.

Danny Rose of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Lorenzo Ebecilio of Apoel FC during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia at Wembley Stadium...

2. Tottenham need to learn some self-control

Tottenham won, and won in style. Moreover they topped the group. And 16 points is more than any other team managed this season, and they did it in the group of death. These are all great things and Tottenham should be excited about their prospects in the round of 16, but they need to take caution.

Twice against APOEL Tottenham could have had men sent off. Serge Aurier's shocking tackle was a stonewall red whilst Danny Rose raised his hands and could have gotten into trouble. Both were needless bits of aggression that nevertheless served to remind everyone that "Spurs gonna Spurs" is still something that could happen.

And if it happens against a quality side in the knockout rounds instead of APOEL? Tottenham will be going home.

Fernando Llorente of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides first goal past Nauzet Perez of Apoel FC during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia...

3. How to un-cage the Lion King

Why has Fernando Llorente struggled so much this season? Well, in part it's because of the way Tottenham play. For Spurs, the striker is usually the end-point of attacks. And while Llorente can function as the tip of the spear, he's more comfortable playing as the fulcrum around which the attack moves.

That happened today, with Heung-Min Son, Dele and Moussa Sissoko all running around him. Llorente found his groove very quickly, scoring a superb goal (his first for Tottenham after 6 hours 59 minutes of football) and then he set-up Son quite delightfully.

If Tottenham want to get the best out of Fernando Llorente going forward then this match gave them the template: he's not Harry Kane, so don't play him like that. Surround him with dynamic runners and use him as an attacking fulcrum; watch him roar!

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