|COMPETITION||Europa League Round of 32 First leg|
|DATE||Thursday 16th February 2017|
Gent lost to a side in the bottom two of the Belgian top flight at
the weekend, in a league where our opponents sit mid-table.
Apart from winger Moses Simon, who Spurs have watched for a few years and William Troost Ekong (who won't be playing in this tie as he is not in the club's Europa League squad), who was with Spurs as a youngster, the rest of the squad is a mix of nationalities and names that are far from household. Even UEFA struggle, as their website does not have photos of all their players !!
But the Buffalos, as they are nicknamed, could be well drilled and they are better at home than away. Spurs failed to get past Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco, but put up good (albeit not great) performances in against them and I am guessing they are better teams than Gent, who lost 0-5 to Shakthar Donetsk.
It is difficult to predict a
score when you don't know much about the opposition and you don't
know what side Pochettino will put out, so going on past form this
season, I take Spurs to win their first European match in Belgium
with a narrow victory.
|PREDICTION||Gent 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2|
GENT TEAM NEWS :
- (-), - (-), - (-) and - (-), while - (-) and - (-) are doubts.
HOTSPUR TEAM NEWS :
Spurs will be without Erik Lamela (hip), Jan Vertonghen (ankle) and Danny Rose (knee).
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Europa League Round of 32 - First Leg
Thursday 16th February 2017
Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
Kick off 18:00
|Perbet 58m 20s||None|
Walker (foul on Saief) 54
Dele (dissent) 73
|Crowd : ,||Weather : Mild|
|Referee : Benoit Bastien (France)||Assistant Referees : Hicham Zakrani; Frederic Haquette (France)|
|Fourth Official : Julien Pacelli (France)||Additional Assistant Referees : Benoit Millot; Jerome Miguelgorry (France)|
|Spurs kicked off the first half.|
|Game time : - 90 + 4 minutes.|
|Gent :||kit||Tottenham Hotspur :||kit|
4 Samuel GIGOT
Hugo LLORIS (c)
Moussa SISSOKO (14
10 Harry KANE
|Manager : Hein Vanhaezbrouck||Manager : Mauricio Pochettino|
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|Kit Supplier : Jartazi||Kit Supplier : Under Armour|
With a strong side out to try and make the second leg an easier task, Tottenham failed to overcome an energetic Gent side, who were determined to put in a good display and came out of the game with a 1-0 win, as the Spurs players looked disjointed and dispirited. Pochettino will be furious with the team, who looked like they had forgotten all the things that they had done so well in the run into the last few weeks and it looks like the wheels are falling off our season.
Spurs were content to hold
their ground early on, while Gent pressed and played the ball early,
identifying the Tottenham left as a route to the penalty area.
Having watched Liverpool use that tactic, with Davies not given
protection, they pulled the Spurs defence into the middle and then
spread it wide. Unfortunately for them, the final ball was lacking.
Milocevic's air shot was as close as they came. It gave Spurs the
opportunity to hit on the break, allowing Dele to shoot from 20
yards and the ball flew just wide, before Kane came in from the left
to strike a shot that the keeper had to get his hands behind.
Gent were formed by
Englishmen who played football matches in the town wearing bowler
hats. Known originally as the English Gents, it was later
shortened to Gent to match the town name.
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