Results for Europa League

Comes to the crunch and we blow it again

2:54 pm


Taking Gent lightly in the first leg put Tottenham out of Europe and exposed the mental flaws still prevalent within the squad.

Down to 10 men Tottenham ran the show, so why didn't they run the show with 11 men in the first leg? The timid do not lose approach, that didn't work, cost us dear. When losing the first leg we have been eliminated 7 out of the last 8 times in Europe. That statistic alone shows our mentality to these games is wrong.

I wrote before the second leg of our weakness at corners and sure enough Eric Dier backtracking couldn't get off the floor giving their unmarked played a header back across into the danger zone for Harry Kane to keep up an unwanted record. He has now scored an own goal in each of the last 4 seasons. It was Dier who got easily turned on the half-way line leaving Alderweireld to make a brilliant tackle that the referee wrongly gave a corner for, from which they scored.

The second when we were chasing the game saw Eric Dier step up to play offside and let gent through. Vertonghen had to come across and when the ball was played back across the area, Dier chested it down and then deflected the shot past Lloris. Far too many times in big games he makes costly mistakes as a centre-back. One has to make mistakes to improve and presumably Pochettino is using this season as a learning curve for him.

A record of 5 defeats in our last 6 appearances at Wembley is a far cry from the days when we were unbeaten there. A 2-2 draw doesn't really improve it much.

The main attacking outlet for Spurs was Kyle Walker, he was putting in cross after cross after cross as well as getting in a few shots of his own. None however, resulted in a goal. A defender was always getting there ahead of Kane who missed 4 crosses by feet.

Our shooting was poor, far too many time we simply blasted over the bar, even from inside the penalty box, Vertonghen didn't get a shot near goal, Eriksen was shooting over from outside the area and Walker was off target too.

Under pressure your default setting must be to be clinical, ours isn't. It is to panic and blast. While we tried hard with 10 men the bottom line is we didn't succeed.

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Rose, Lamela, Edwards miss training

1:01 pm


Tottenham Hotspur players resumed training today ahead of the UEFA Europa League tie against Gent at Wembley stadium tomorrow.

Absent from first-team training were Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Marcus Edwards putting their selection in doubt for the game where we must overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first-leg.

There should be a capacity crowd to cheer the side on with Wembley being sold out again for the game.

Unfortunately Tottenham have not convinced at our temporary home and ahead of next season we really need to start showing that the place is more like home than we have shown so far. We lost against Monaco, we lost against Bayer Leverkusen before beating a pathetic CSKA Moscow side going into their winter break 3-1.

Having dropped into the UEFA Europa League the players did what we have seen before from Spurs, they weren't motivated enough for the game, they simply didn't see it as a big game. Mouse Dembele admitted as much when he said Spurs underestimated them. That is the wrong mental attitude and it's frustrating that we still see it.

Now we have to score two goals without reply and put our a strong enough side to achieve that ahead of an important game against Stoke City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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Spurs set out not to lose and fail, wrong approach

9:01 pm


1st Half
0 - 0
2nd Half
1 - 0
(Tripping) Walker K.
Perbet J. (Milicevic D.)
Son Heung-MinDembele M. 
N'Koudou G.Sissoko M. 
(Foul) Alli D.
Kalu S. Simon M.
Coulibaly K. Perbet J.
Eriksen C.Winks H. 
Gershon R. Asare N.

Another poor away performance where we didn't look as though we set out to win the game. In Europe, we seem to be hopeless away from home. As I wrote in a recent article about our poor first half performance record, we don't set out to win, we set out not to lose, which means we give ourselves 45 minutes to try and win a game.

It looked to me as if certain players weren't motivated, perhaps they didn't rate the opposition and thus didn't properly motivate themselves for the game. Every game is a big game, not just against a top four side in the English Premier League.

Harry Winks was everywhere, yet Mousa Dembele, although missed when he went off, was poor by his standards and Victor Wanyama looked as if he was going through the motions. Moussa Sissoko was his usual hopeless self, I don't know why we insist on playing him on the wing, he is a central midfielder.

I don't think Pochettino rates him at all and we may well be looking to offload him in the summer, as we only have to pay an amount per year he stays with us. Sell him quickly and he will not have cost us £30 million.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou doesn't look near first tram standard yet, Vincent Janssen is clearly not thought up to it and when we can't feed Kane we have no attack. Dele Alli was off the boil, Eric Dier is still learning his trade at centre-back, Kevin Wimmer isn't trusted as he hardly gets a look in.

It is only 1-0 and the tie is very much alive, but Gent will be really up for playing at Wembley so we have to be and we haven't been yet.

We once again had the wrong mindset for the game. Commentators telling us it takes time for youngsters to learn the right mindset is nonsense, it can be taught if you have the right people teaching, professionals. Mindset is a skill on its own and it has its own set of professionals, they are not football coaches, they can only teach you so much about mindset, which isn't enough if we want to rise to the top in the shortest possible time.

We can still get there, but it will take a lot longer.

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Humiliated Gent have to improve

2:17 pm


Tonight Tottenham Hotspur are back in the UEFA Europa League and it is a tournament that we should no longer be taking lightly. We are arguably the strongest side left in the competition and we face a two-legged tie that we should come through, as long as we are motivated enough to do so.

Europa League Draw
  • Athletic Bilbao (Spain) v APOEL (Cyprus)
  • Legia Warsaw(Poland) v Ajax (Holland)
  • Anderlecht (Belgium) v Zenit St Petersburg (Russia)
  • Astra Girugiu (Roumania) v Genk (Belgium)
  • Manchester United v St-Étienne (France)
  • Villarreal (Spain) v Roma (Italy)
  • Ludogorets (Bulgaria) v Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Celta Vigo (Spain) v Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
  • Olympiacos (Greece) v Osmanlıspor (Turkey)
  • Gent (Belgium) v Tottenham Hotspur
  • Rostov (Russia) v Sparta Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Krasnodar (Russia) v Fenerbahçe (Turkey)
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany) v Fiorentina (Italy)
  • AZ Alkmaar (Holland) v Lyon (France)
  • H. Beer-Sheva (Israel) v Beşiktaş (Turkey)
  • PAOK (Greece) v Schalke (Germany)
Spurs lost to Liverpool 2-0, Gent lost at home to Eupen 1-0. If either team puts is a similar display then they are in trouble.

Gent manager, Hein Vanhaezebrouck told the media at his pre-game press conference that he has warned his players that they can not play like that again against Spurs or it could be disastrous.

"I stressed the importance of this game and the fact that the player is not allowed to play in this way during the game against Tottenham. If they want to play against a team like this next year, they can not play like today."

Gent have been somewhat inconsistent of late. After a 1-0 win against Charleroi Sporting Club, they could only draw 0-0 against Sporting Club Lokeren, then they won 2-0 against Club Bruges and then drew 1-1 against SV Zulte-Waregem. Then came the AS Eupen humiliation.

Spurs will be looking to capitalise on that and take a first-leg lead, although the Belgians are bound to raise their game.
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Wembley top tier now open for Gent

11:00 pm

Spurs fans flocking to Wembley again

The plan for the UEFA Europa League was to close the top tier and sell the tickets cheap in the hope we could get 50,000 into Wembley to see Spurs play the second leg of the Round of 32 tie against Gent.

Ticket sales have gone so well though that the top tier has now been opened after the bottom tiers were sold out in hours. Adult tickets are being priced at £10 and concessions £5. A family package of two adults and two juniors will cost £20.

Mauricio Pochettino wanted Spurs to remain at Wembley to get more experience of the atmosphere and the build up to the games there in readiness for next season. We haven't yet signed the contract though and have until March to tell the FA whether we will be using Wembley next season or not.

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Gent dreaming of the Wembley factor

11:00 pm


Gent dreaming of the Wembley factor

Gent director Michel Louwagie was absolutely delighted to draw big guns Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw. Gent are not realistically looking to win the trophy, just go as far as they can and a bumper payday against a big team is the icing on the cake.

They are delighted to get the chance to play at Wembley, a rare chance to play at the home of football that rarely presents itself for such sides. The return leg will be a day they all remember and they will most certainly be up for the game, which makes them dangerous opponents.

We have to be very professional. We have to get a result in Belgium and bring an advantage back to Wembley. Then we must not underestimate the importance to them of playing at Wembley and we have do to a thoroughly professional job.

“We feared we would draw a Turkish opponent. It was the wet dream of mine and the president to get either Roma or Tottenham. 
“This is like a Champions League game. We will play at Wembley, which is fantastic. Every game in that stadium is an epic. Now we can play there, and that is something you want to experience once in your career. 

“We have not been one of the top clubs for long, so this is all relatively new for us. We are extra excited. The coach always wants a challenge. Last year he was disappointed we did not get an English club. 
"Tottenham are obviously stronger [than Gent], but Gent has also put in performances in Europe that nobody expected. Who knows, maybe they will underestimate us? 
"Tottenham is a big name, and we will go there with a lot of respect.”

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A real chance to win the Europa League

9:00 pm
UEFA Europa League Final Venue: Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden

We have to be happy with our draw in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 draw getting a tie against a second tier European league team, Gent from Belgium.

To be honest it wouldn't matter who we would have drawn because there are no teams to fear left in the competition. If it weren't for our Wembley form you would make us favourites for the title.

It is a tournament we simply have to take seriously when it comes around in February. It is not often a tournament opens up for you in the way this one has. It sometimes happens in the League Cup and it happened recently for Arsenal in the FA Cup.

This is a real opportunity to add some European silverware to our collection and would be just the sort of boost a young squad need to reinforce their belief in themselves and the project Mauricio Pochettino is building at Tottenham.

Team 1Agg.Team 21st leg2nd leg
Athletic Bilbao SpainCyprus APOEL16 Feb23 Feb
Legia Warsaw PolandNetherlands Ajax16 Feb23 Feb
Anderlecht BelgiumRussia Zenit Saint Petersburg16 Feb23 Feb
Astra Giurgiu RomaniaBelgium Genk16 Feb23 Feb
Manchester United EnglandFrance Saint-Étienne16 Feb22 Feb
Villarreal SpainItaly Roma16 Feb23 Feb
Ludogorets Razgrad BulgariaDenmark Copenhagen16 Feb23 Feb
Celta Vigo SpainUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk16 Feb23 Feb
Olympiacos GreeceTurkey Osmanlıspor16 Feb23 Feb
Gent BelgiumEngland Tottenham Hotspur16 Feb23 Feb
Rostov RussiaCzech Republic Sparta Prague16 Feb23 Feb
Krasnodar RussiaTurkey Fenerbahçe16 Feb22 Feb
Borussia Mönchengladbach GermanyItaly Fiorentina16 Feb23 Feb
AZ NetherlandsFrance Lyon16 Feb23 Feb
Hapoel Be'er Sheva IsraelTurkey Beşiktaş16 Feb23 Feb
PAOK GreeceGermany Schalke 0416 Feb23 Feb

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Cup News

9:00 pm


Spurs have been drawn away to either Swindon Town or QPR in the FA Youth Cup with the tie being played on January 14th.
Spurs are among the seeded teams in the UEFA Europa League for the Round of 32 and here is who we could face. Who do you fancy?

  • Olympiakos (Greece) 
  • PAOK Salonika (Greece) 
  • Anderlecht (Belgium)
  • Genk (Belgium)
  • Gent (Belgium)
  • AZ Alkmaar (Netherlands)
  • Astra Giurgiu (Romania)
  • Celta Vigo (Spain)
  • Villarreal (Spain)
  • Krasnodar (Russia)
  • Rostov (Russia)
  • Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Israel)
  • Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)

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Seeded and Unseeded Europa League teams left

10:30 am
The draw for the UEFA Europa League takes place on Monday and we will be a seeded team with a very good chance of winning the trophy if we take it seriously. There is nobody in the tournament to be fearful of, Roma being the best side left other than ourselves perhaps. Certainly the Round of 32 should hold no fears.

We will be playing our home games at Wembley. We can not draw another English team and will play an unseeded team

Round of 32

The draw for the round of 32 will be held on 12 December 2016. The first legs will be played on 16 February, and the second legs will be played on 23 February 2017.
(Seeded in round of 32 draw)
(Unseeded in round of 32 draw)
(Position and seeding TBD)
ATurkey FenerbahçeEngland Manchester United
BCyprus APOELGreece Olympiacos
CFrance Saint-ÉtienneBelgium Anderlecht
DRussia Zenit Saint PetersburgNetherlands AZ
EItaly RomaRomania Astra Giurgiu
FSpain Athletic Bilbao
Belgium Genk
GNetherlands AjaxSpain Celta Vigo
HUkraine Shakhtar DonetskBelgium Gent
IGermany Schalke 04Russia Krasnodar
JItaly FiorentinaGreece PAOK
KCzech Republic Sparta PragueIsrael Hapoel Be'er Sheva
LTurkey OsmanlısporSpain Villarreal

Champions League group stage third-placed teams

1GDenmark Copenhagen623172+59Seeded in round of 32 draw
2HFrance Lyon622253+28
3EEngland Tottenham Hotspur62136607
4BTurkey Beşiktaş6141914−57
5DRussia Rostov6123612−65Unseeded in round of 32 draw
6CGermany Borussia Mönchengladbach6123512−75
7FPoland Legia Warsaw6114924−154
8ABulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad6033615−93

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