Erik Lamela scored his first career hat trick in Tottenham’s 4-1 win over AS Monaco in the final Europa League group stage game.
Lamela, 23, scored all three goals in the first half with the first one coming after just two minutes. He added a second in the 15th minute and completed the hat trick in the 37th minute. The Argentine midfielder dedicated his goals to his family.
“It’s true, it’s a special moment for me,” Lamela told tottenhamhotspur.com. “I would like to dedicate it to my family and all the supporters.
“I’m happy for me and for the team because we won and we took three points.
“The most important thing is that we won and we played like a team in the 90 minutes.
“The mentality is good and we’re happy but we need to keep working every day.”
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for Lamela.
“It’s fantastic for a player when he scores a hat-trick, always a great moment, Pochettino told tottenhamhotspur.com after the win. “From the beginning of the season Erik has showed an improvement in his game, he’s more consistent and we’re happy for him.”
Lamela joined Tottenham back in 2013 after spending two years in Italy with AS Roma. He initially had some trouble adjusting to the physical play of the Premier League, but has looked in fine form this season, scoring five goals in five games in the Europa League and two goals in nine starts in the Premier League.