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Highlights & Post Match Analysis: Gent 1-0 Spurs

Highlights & Post Match Analysis: Gent 1-0 Spurs

The mid-table Belgian side made Tottenham look like a Championship club following their Europa League last 32 first leg 1-0 victory after veteran Jérémy Perbet netted an hour into the match.

Spurs created one or two opportunities to score an away goal which, to be honest were few and far between - the best fell to Harry Kane who hit the post early in the second half but other than that...

Next week's return fixture is expected to be a sell-out however, will 7000 Gent supporters witness our dreaded Wembley Stadium hoodoo and in doing so dump us out of the competition?

Mauricio Pochettino Post Match Interview

'I am disappointed yes because we had a lot of opportunities before we conceded, but the tie is open.

'It's true that maybe it was not a good performance but we need to understand that it's always difficult to play in the Europa League.

'We need to find a way to go to Wembley and win the game and go to the next round.'

Eric Dier told BT Sport

'We did show more aggression than Saturday against Liverpool. I don't think we created enough chances to win.

'In the first half, they were the better of the two sides but after half-time we were better until the goal. It stopped us in our tracks. We could not get going again. They sat back and we could not get the away goal.

'When you go a goal down, you want to give everything to get back into the game. Maybe we were erratic at times and could have been a bit calmer and waited for our chance. That is something for us to work on.

'I don't see why we cannot turn it around. This team gave everything against us, we did that but lacked a bit of quality. At home we will be better.'

Pre-Match Yids In Gent

At least the guys out in Belgium had a good day out - just a pity the team forgot to turn up.


It's not over until the fat lady sings!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday February 17 2017
Time: 6:42AM


Dier should sit a few out. Verts may come back. Winks looked good. The rest pretty poor . We seem to have lost our way completely !
17/02/2017 07:40:00
Morning all. In recent weeks I've seen MP get more and more frustrated with some of our players. Obviously he tries to do it quietly but underneath he is boiling and it's starting to show. If I were Eriksen, Dier, Davies and Sissoko I'd be trying extra hard in training and on the pitch to get back in MP's good books. If he's given the funds there may be a fair few changes this summer. "If" being the operative word. With regard to the tie, all is not lost but we will need to put in a good performance at Wembley (which will be a first) next week or we'll be out of Europe too early again.
17/02/2017 07:55:00
We need to fail in the Europa league imo ... it is extra games we do not need with this squad . Our first 11 is great ... we see time and time again the rest of the squad are poor very poor. However, it's a cup game these things happen ... look at Sutton utd Wycombe ... smaller teams step up they always do. I fear for the. FA Cup game I really want us to try and win that one ...
17/02/2017 08:19:00
Spurious .... I get the same impression as you re MP.
17/02/2017 08:54:00
Because another thread is needed....
17/02/2017 10:37:00
I agree ossie, way to many
17/02/2017 10:41:00
Until a coherent scouting & recruitment policy is put in place their will be more disappointments like this .We are stuck with this thin squad till the end of the season & it will be a bumpy ride.Top 4 is looking shaky with the improvement of Utd & Liverpool.Best of luck Poch.
17/02/2017 10:45:00
Greaves, "coherent scouting & recruitment policy"...

I am totally at a loss re your comment. Poch had Mitchell assisting him and ultimately, Poch must have sanctioned £50 mill spend on Sissoko and Jannsen. AT the end of the day buck stops with Poch as he is now the MANAGER. He either bought the wrong goods and is unable to bring them up to his philosophy. May be he is too rigid and not adapting to the players. I have commented before that Poch's recruitment does leave a lot to be desired, even looking at his Southampton days. Less than 50% success rate. How does that encourage Levy to open the wallet? Poch's clearly good at training youth and promoting from within, but I am yet to be convinced with purchasing of his so called 'proven' players.
17/02/2017 12:57:00
Totally agree with you Critical,that's why I didn't attatch a name to my criticism.Like you, I've no idea who sanctioned the purchase of Siss & Jann ,so who can we blame?I can't believe that Poch or Levy have the time to scout players from around the world,that's why you employ a big network of scouts like Athletico,Southampton,Everton,Utd under a shrewd top man. Once you have team of scouts you can trust, then you buy who they recommend .It's not rocket science just good organisation & planning similar to any well run company. If you are thorough in your research then the likeihood of mistakes like Siss & Jann is minimised.
17/02/2017 14:14:00
Watching Dzeko score a hat-trick last night for Roma is the perfect example of how a good striker that we could have bought cheaply, slipped through the net.Gabbiardini ,that those clever scouts at Southampton spotted,is another that we could do with at the moment.Just 2 illustrations of why I'm so fed up with our scouts[what scouts?].The buck stops with Daniel.
17/02/2017 14:28:00
Gabbiardini....oh yeah he scored on his debut, must mean he will be a superstar, why didnt we sign him even tho he just failed Napoli....I too am so fed
17/02/2017 15:32:00
lol ossie, thats knee jerker logic for you..
17/02/2017 16:12:00
although i do agree with Greavesaboveall and others that there is room for improvement in the transfer market, as difficult as it is to complete with the best on a substantially smaller budget.
17/02/2017 16:20:00
17/02/2017 16:20:00
Guyver - the only problem is that our budget is only smaller because we have decided it would be...
17/02/2017 16:32:00
Thats true to an extent, but from the manager and recruitment teams perspective, they can only work with the limited resources they have. I don't believe for one second, Mane chose Liverpool over Spurs for "football reasons" when we were in the Champions League and Liverpool finished 8th. Mane is allegedly on 90k a week and I can't imagine us matching that with the £35m transfer fee.
17/02/2017 16:44:00
Belgian, 30 mill for Sissoko (regardless of how the payment terms are agreed) suggests three is a budget. It's how we utilise it in identifying the right players.

Ossie, Fair point re someone scoring on his debut doesn't mean a super star in making. BUT...surely, it s about building a confidence. Jannsen's confidence must be truly shot. A goal or two (from open play) in his early days may have had us singing praises but now Poch sees him further behind than Onomah!! Someone needs to be accountable for such poor shopping.
17/02/2017 16:48:00
FFS, our rejects have scored more goals individually for their new clubs than Jannsen, even Pritchard has found the net from open play!!
17/02/2017 16:51:00
Even Gabriel Jesus cost City £27 mill. We paid more than that for Lamela and then Sissoko.
17/02/2017 16:55:00
Critical, what about Bony? Otamendi? Josh Stones? £27m plus £90k+ wages is money down the sofa for Man City, they just happened to "maybe" get the occasional one right. They have the money to use "trial and error" to maximum effect. Our big money flops hurt us more, so are more noticeable, although I'd have never sanctioned £30m on Sissoko.
17/02/2017 17:11:00
17/02/2017 17:12:00
Guyver, Can't argue with that as other examples with United with Angel Maria and similar failures at Chelsea back up your argument. The point with Spurs however stands in that we rarely spend big numbers and when we DO take a chance, more often than not, fail. I am still unconvinced by Lamela and then the failures of the mag 7. When Poch was hired, We were 'told' that our purchasing will be restricted at a ceiling of circa 15 mill and then Sissoko saga occurs at the 11th hour. Personally, seeing Poch prefers to coach younger, hungry players, I'd be happy with making a number of 10-12 mill signings and if 50% of those make the cut, then great. With our budget constraints (unlike the richer clubs), our more expensive signing must surely be expected to hit the ground running? Sorry to rabbit on about this, but in my business if I'd spent big money on some equipment to do a specific job and failed to produce the goods, I'd be looking for another job!....and not allowed to re-programme the equipment hoping it will become fit for the purpose. Of the three recruited last summer (Siss, N'Koudou + Jannsen) 6 months on and still waiting. That is crazy! In the modern PL era, there is no room for luxury of giving players 1 to 2 years to acclimatise.
17/02/2017 17:51:00
Critical, it would be interesting to see the annual transfers of other top clubs and compare. Despite the numerous failures, I get the impression we are doing relatively better than others in player recruitment, based on the fact we are keeping up or even ahead of them in the league. I think its important to keep in mind, the pool of financially obtainable players who are talented enough to at the very least, match the level of our current stars and are suitable for the the league, Poch's philosophy, living in London ect, is incredibly small. I'd imagine an under 50% success rate is almost inevitable, which is not to say we can't do better.
17/02/2017 18:41:00
As I said in another thread, transfers are only part of the equation, salaries being the other. Zlatan signed on a free but earns 220k per week. It would be goolish to just look at a player's price (which will vary greatly, based on many factors such as age, remaining contract length...) only to determine the feasibility of a deal. Regarding available funds, you can point to the 30 million for Sissoko Critical, but it is worth pointing out 2 things: one the structure of the deal (which you choose to ignore but which is a massive element nonetheless) and most importantly the fact that our net spend at that stage was almost zero (counting the options to buy from the Fazio, NJie and Bentaleb deals, which we were 95% certain would be exercised). So while 30 million seems a lot, it's actually less than that upfront, and it's the only net spend for a top 6 club, which pales in comparison to others. If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys as they say. Bargain shopping is very hit and miss.
18/02/2017 08:10:00
Belgian, good points.
18/02/2017 09:37:00
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