I don't know where to start with this. I'll get straight to the point, we were crap. That too against a side sitting 8th in the Belgian league. Should I make it worse? It wasn't even their first team. We just can't do well in Europe can we? I must say I was expecting a much better performance than this. After the drubbing at Anfield, we ought to have responded in a better way. We were all laughing at Arsenal a night ago, thank God we weren't playing the likes of Bayern yesterday.
The first half was rubbish. They completely owned us at every department. I don't what kind of half-hearted pressing game was on yesterday. It's a team effort, not individuals suddenly going on the boil. They won every second ball that was there for the taking, and that was just a result of sheer desire. We played 5 passes sideways and backwards before hoofing up the ball in no man's land (at least a no Tottenham man's land). And I specifically say hoofing up the ball and not playing it long, because really none of those passes had any kind of intent. Luckily for us, Gent themselves weren't incisive enough to carve us open. Only Alli and Dembele seemed capable of making any sort of impact, that too with no benefit. The second half was slightly better, we shifted to 3 man defence and the players were imparted with their ability to pass again. When it seemed it like it was improving, they scored a goal. Walker, Alli, Dier, Winks; there were four men around the same man and none of them made any sort of move to stop him in any kind of form. Once the ball was played in the box we all knew where it was heading for. Son, GKN and Eriksen came on but hardly affected the game. We never looked like scoring, 1-0 was in fact a pretty good result.
Pulled of a great save to keep it at 1-0. Still needs to work on his distribution, especially when he catches the ball. He prefers to hoof it long, and I really don't understand why. Never reaches a teammate.
Could be blamed for the goal, and was pretty average apart from that. Was so much better when we shifted to a 3 man defence. He needs to stop playing long passes, it's almost a guarantee of losing possession.
Unusual day for Toby today, he wasn't at he his best, the slick machine looked to have some rough rust today.
Again he was one those who didn't have the best of days, but you could say that about every player. Was stupid at times in taking too many touches in offensive positions. Defensively also not his best games.
I'm sorry to say this, but he's not a good Lb. He just doesn't have the pace for it. He looks so much better at LCB. Average in the first half, positional change helped him out.
One of those days for Victor when he was pretty much bossed out of the game, hardly given any time on the ball. Tried tackling his way out, didn't work.
This lad looks good, doesn't he? He`s really good on the ball, and also impersonates Scotty Parker 5 times a game.
For the first time that I've known, Moussa was beaten physically. The CAM role doesn't suit him. And again it seems like he takes ages to pass. Bring him back to the middle and see him destroy souls.
I'm not going to waste any comment on someone as useless as him. And this has nothing to do with the fact that he cost 30m. That`s just adding salt to the wound.
He put in a lot of effort, but he couldn't do anything special today. A long range effort and a few turns in the box was the best he could come up with.
He's having that kind of a month again, nothing's going right for him. He ran all day, but was second best at everything. Had he scored from the only chance he had, we would all be smiling now.
Room for improvement.
None of three made any sort of impact, if anything Eriksen slowed down the game even more and GKN made Sissoko look better
To be honest I don't think it's a poor result, 1-0 away is something which can be overturned. But the lack of an away goal makes it difficult. If they score once, we`re looking at needing to score 3. But before that we need to get our confidence back at Fulham on Sunday. Poch needs to take a deep look at his tactics.
We seem to be outplayed every time an opposite team tries to play football. English sides sit deep and let us play at our own pace, we get owned in Europe as their game is falsely branded as slow. It happened quite a lot last season and also this year in the Champions league. Also in the PL, City and Liverpool broke us down to shreds with quick incisive passing. Big teams learn from such defeats, we need to learn too. I see us turning this around at Wembley. But a lot of it would depend on the Fulham result. We don't want to see our team out of both competitions in a space of 4 days. Poch needs to react strongly to this, the players need to put a stronger showing. We`re much better than this, and we need put that on display.
I expect to see a much improved performance and of course, a win next week. COYS!