After a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in France on Tuesday that saw them qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League as group winners, Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Cristian Stellini urged his team to learn from their performance in the second half against Marseille.
Spurs trailed by a goal from Chancel Mbemba at the half in front of a raucous Velodrome, but they needed a win to be sure of advancing from Group D first and a point to get into the first round draw on Monday.
However, the Premier League team underwent a complete transformation after the break, with Clement Lenglet bringing the game level in the 54th minute and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg breaking away to score a dramatic goal in the 95th.
With that goal, Tottenham overtook Eintracht Frankfurt, which had also qualified by winning 2-1 at Sporting Lisbon. As a result, Marseille fell to last place and was eliminated from Europe.
After the Premier League team gave little in the first half and could have lost by more than one goal without Hugo Lloris' excellent goalkeeping, it was a turnaround that looked unlikely at halftime.
Stellini, who was serving in Stellini's place when Antonio Conte was suspended, stated, "It was very difficult in the first half but we didn't lose our minds, we stayed in the match."
"We were unprepared and they took a corner quickly, so we gave up a terrible goal.
"This is a valuable lesson for the future, but something changed in the second half.
"In the dressing room, we talked a lot about how much energy we needed for the second half.We never used our energy to press or cause problems in the first half, and they controlled the game well. In the second half, however, this changed, and we played a fantastic second half."
The most recent rebound win follows on from a 3-2 triumph at Bournemouth in the Head Association, when they followed by two objectives and saw Rodrigo Bentancur net the concluding objective in stoppage time.
Stellini added, "fitness, personality, and energy" contributed to the victory.It's not easy in this kind of stadium or at this kind of match.Even though the stadium was very hot in the first half, we need to try to play on the same level for the entire 90 minutes."
They were without Conte, who was suspended following his red card in the 1-1 draw with Sporting last week when a VAR call prevented Harry Kane from scoring a last-gasp goal.
Additionally, the visitors had to deal with Son Heung-min's head injury in the first half.
Stellini replied, "In this moment we don't know," when asked if Son had suffered a head injury as a result of the aerial challenge with Mbemba.
"I saw him in the dressing room, but we must wait for the medical evaluation.We also celebrated with Son."
After Marseille fans set off fireworks outside their hotel in the early hours of Tuesday, their preparations may have been disrupted, which may have contributed to Tottenham's lackluster first half.
However, due to UEFA's decision to close the entire north end of the Velodrome after trouble at their previous group match against Frankfurt, the stadium's atmosphere was a little less boisterous than usual.
Igor Tudor's group were likewise managed an early blow when their previous Manchester Joined focus back Eric Bailly fell off with a hamstring injury.
However, they got off to a strong start, and Lloris had to make two crucial saves to deny Alexis Sanchez and Jordan Veretout in the first half. Then, impossibly powerful Congolese defender Mbemba headed them into the lead in the second minute of extra time.
Spikes offered practically nothing in the main half except for reset at half-time and drew level when Lenglet headed in an Ivan Perisic free-kick.
After Kane's goal was disallowed due to offside, Hojbjerg shot over the bar 10 minutes later.
After that, Marseille's Sead Kolasinac missed a crucial opportunity, and Hojbjerg came out on top as the hosts pushed forward and exposed themselves.
"The players didn't hear me."They couldn't hear me because of the crowd, so I told them to stay back," Tudor said.
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