After the draw at the Bridge, we returned to Europa League action in Hungary against LASK, which on paper seemed like an easy game to secure our place in the knockout rounds.
But this ended up being the complete opposite of easy. Pre match, there was optimism due to Jose Mourinho’s line up, finally starting Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in midfield.
The first ten minutes were a clear indicator that this match would be far from easy, and we were lucky not to concede, as a much changed defence struggled againt LASK’s high press.
As the first half progressed, Gareth Bale and Lo Celso managed to create half chances, but nothing really came to fruition as Spurs struggled to pass the ball due to the amount of space LASK were taking high up the pitch.
A mistake from Matt Doherty and slow tracking back from Bale nearly cost us, although an alert save from Joe Hart kept it at a stalemate, LASK finally got their deserved goal when a Doherty slip led to a goal which Joe Hart really should have saved.
Just before the break, the first real attacking intent from Tottenham resulted in a penalty, which was converted by Bale for his 200th career goal to take bring Tottenham level.
After the break it looked like it was going to continue in the same vein as the first half, with LASK having a chance early on, denied well by Japhet Tanganga.
Tottenham gradually started to get a hold of the game after that, and then a LASK mistake allowed Ndombele to assist Heung-Min Son with a beautifully weighted pass, putting Spurs 2-1 up.
Tottenham kept on creating chances in the second half and had a golden opportunity to make it 3-1, when Bale for some reason squared the ball across the box to Son instead of shooting.
LASK started to play better after their substitutions and in response to this, Eric Dier was brought on to secure the defence. Yet, we still conceded after a classic Sanchez lack of concentration resulted in a LASK goal with Joe hart failing to save the effort which bounced awkwardly in front of him.
After that goal, a long ball from Joe Hart that Steven Bergwijn latched onto, resulted in him winning a penalty which was confidently slotted home by Dele. However despite our best efforts to see the game out, Joe Hart was once again beaten from distance in added time.
An embarrassing and poor performance where Spurs never seemed to get out of first or second gear, let’s just hope we don’t play as bad as that on Sunday.
Hart-2.5 Made some good saves to keep it 0-0 but should have done better with all three goals.
Doherty-2.5 Was at fault for the 1st goal, defensively poor and offered very little going forward.
Sanchez-2 Mistake waiting to happen, positionally poor, passing constantly put other defenders under pressure.
Tanganga-6 Made some key blocks and was solid, a shining light in a poor defence.
Davies-3 Didn’t do a lot, poor going forward and probably wouldn’t notice him if he wasn’t on.
Hojbjerg-6 Broke up play well but was left having to cover a lot of space left by having two attacking minded midfielders.
Lo celso-5 Made some good runs with the ball tracked back and tackled well, didn’t really have great link up with Ndombele as hoped for.
Ndombele-7 Great assist for Son’s goal, tried to make things happen, tracked back and closed people down.
Son-6 Worked hard and got a goal could have had another if Bale had a better quality pass bit quiet apart from that.
Lucas-5 Didn’t do a lot, tracked back well but wasteful in the final third.
Bale-6 Scored from spot, showed glimpses of his old self but poor decision making for the 2 on 1 and was slow tracking back at times.
Sissoko 5.5- Worked hard, not a lot else apart from that Sissoko’s presence missed from the start.
Bergwijn 6- Worked hard won a pen, had a few moments not too much apart from that.
Dier 5- Looked solid when he came on, poor clearance which led to the 2nd goal.
Dele 6- Lively when he came on got a goal not on long enough.
Aurier N/A- Not really enough time to judge.