Huge injury boost for Spurs as they draw in Germany

Lloris in inspirational form for Spurs in Germany
Lloris in inspirational form for Spurs in Germany

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was satisfied with his side's 0-0 Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen, on a night when he confirmed key defender Toby Alderweireld should be back in action soon.

Alderweireld appeared to suffer a serious injury in last Saturday's Premier League game at West Bromwich Albion, but he could be back as early as this weekend after a scan confirmed no serious damage to the Belgian defender's knee.

Pochettino went on to hail his side's battling display in Germany, which yielded a point after a stunning second half save from keeper Hugo Lloris. 

"It was a tough game. In the end I'm pleased with a point. We were better in the first half, they were better in the second," said Pochettino.

"Hugo's save was brilliant. He's one of the best, that is my opinion. It's great to have him in goal."

Lloris downplayed the importance of his sensational save which preserved a point for Spurs in their Group E Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen dominated the second half at the BayArena and looked certain to score when Javier Hernandez had the goal at his mercy at the back post.

A darting Lloris, however, clawed the ball off the line to deny the former Manchester United striker, with technology backing up the referee's decision.

The France international, Tottenham's captain, told BT Sport 2: "It was a technology decision.

"Listen, you need a bit of luck in that kind of action and this time I saved a goal, so it's important. It's a key moment but not the only one, I prefer to be more positive because I think we made a good job defensively all together.

"But we should have scored in the first half and the game would have been much different."

Spurs missed a host of chances in a dominant first half, and Lloris added: "At the end of the game we can be pleased with the point.

"I think we missed some good chances in the first half and at this level if you don't score it's difficult to win games.

"In the second half...Leverkusen played very high on the pitch, they pressed high and we struggled a bit. I think a draw is a good result for us.

"We made a job defensively, all together, the defence were strong and the midfield too.

"We concentrated to get the point today and I think we can congratulate everyone because we suffered a lot in the second half but we stayed strong, we didn't concede a goal and let's see what will happen in two weeks."

Spurs now face Leverkusen again at Wembley and Lloris admits they are determined to put on a show after a disappointing defeat to Monaco in their first match at the national stadium.

"We need to learn about this game because in two weeks we will face them again and we need to be ready for this other battle," Lloris said.

"I think we all want to come back in Wembley. The first game against Monaco is still in our mind and we want revenge for us, for the manager, for the staff, for all the club, for all the fans. They deserve more than we did against Monaco and we are going to prepare for this game as well as possible."

In the night's other Champions League game featuring an english side, Premier League champions Leicester beat FC Copenhagen 1-0 to secure their third straight win in the competition and move close to qualification to the knock-out stages.