TOTTENHAM FALL 1-0 TO GENT IN EUROPA LEAGUE

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 32 games on Thursday.


The visitors have a chance to overturn the result when they meet for the return leg at Wembley.

Spurs put up a listless show at the Ghelamco Arena, with 20,000 fans cheering on. Coach Mauricio Pochettino asked his boys to forget their 2-0 thumping by Liverpool in their last Premier League match. The manager selected a strong side for the game, making just two chances to the team that started the Anfield game.

In the first half, Harry Winks and Ben Davies combined to set up Dele Alli but the forward sent his effort wide. After the break, Pochettino decided to move former Newcastle United player Moussa Sissoko to the left, making attacks more potent. Harry Kane gained from this but his chance hit the post. Spurs ended up frustrated and Alli picked up a yellow card for dissent.    

The chants of “we’re going to Wembley” in the second half was not enough to cheer the player to push for an equalizer at least. They continued their poor European form – falling to qualify from the Champions League after losing at home to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen. They need an impressive display at Wembley to remain in Europe with Kane absent as it seems he injured himself.

“We need to assess Harry Kane, he got a knock on his knee. We need to refresh the team. In the end, it is Tottenham that will play Fulham on Sunday, it’s not about the name of the player,” Pochettino said after the game.

A full strength Fulham side, with Tomas Kalas who returned from his injury concern, will host Spurs at Craven Cottage. The FA fifth round fixture promises excitement. Pochettino says defender Jan Vertonghen could return for the clash after six games out.