Tottenham Hotspur promises in Europe haven’t worked well. First they loses out their Uefa Champions League last 16 berth after registering only one victory out of six group stage game, and now their start in Europe’s second tier football doesn’t served the purpose as well. Tottenham stumbles in Europa league as well losing out their round of 32 first leg match against Gent 1-0 at Ghelamco Arena, Belgium. Former, Villarreal man Jeremy Perbet gave home side second half lead to give little security to the Gent when they will make a visit to Wembley to play in return leg.
Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino chooses to play with a strong side after losing 2-0 against Liverpool in Premier League to get some momentum, but his side failed to produce the desired outcome. Gent, an eighth placed Belgium league side outsmarts North Londoners with a close 1-0 victory. Danijel Milicevic served French striker Perbet a brilliant ball, and he made no mistake to control it beautifully before slotting the ball into the corner of Tottenham’s net.
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Harry Kane had his moment when ball clipped the post, but luck wasn’t in England’s striker favour and his effort goes begging. Dele Alli made an attempt from offside position, which goes wide, after Harry Winks and Ben Davies brilliant play. Moussa Sissoko didn’t look anywhere in midfield causing trouble for the hosts, and he was barely noticed in second half display switching to left.
Birthday celebrating Gent coach left out Kalifa Caulibaly, top scorer of the season with 15 goals to his name on the bench and opted to make five changes. Yet, his plans worked against one of the Premier League top side and they only need a little bit of luck at Wembley to progress in last 16.
Hotspur chosen ground for European fixtures hasn’t produced great results, although they do have earned more with packed 80,000 tickets sale at Wembley during their champions league matches. They lost both Wembley fixtures against Monaco (1-2) & Bayer Leverkusen (0-1), before registering a 3-1 victory against CSKA Moscow on sixth match day.
Let’s see how good they can be against Gent on 23rd Feb, at Wembley in return leg. Wembley haunted them in Champions league, Europe’s elite competition, and now it’s time to get some solace in Europe’s second tier. Tottenham Hotspur is considered as second favourite to win Europa League after Manchester United, but the prospect doesn’t luck bright after 1-0 defeat in first leg of round of 32.