Tottenham all but ended their Champions League group stage qualification hopes this evening as they slumped to a 2-2 draw against PSV.
Spurs led the game with ten minutes to go before a red card to Lloris and an equalising goal snatched the points away.
Pochettino’s men will now need to beat both Inter Milan and Barcelona to have any chance of qualifying.
Here are five things we learned from the draw:
Hugo Lloris isn’t where he was-
Whatever anyone says, it is hard to claim that Hugo Lloris is the same keeper he was a few years ago. Who knows the reasons behind his drop in form, but the mistakes are coming thick and fast of late. Not only did he get sent off tonight, but he was also at fault for opening the Barcelona flood gates last time out. Perhaps it is time to at least start thinking about a time after Hugo, and handing the armband over to England Captain Harry Kane.
Gazzaniga still isn’t second choice-
What was perhaps more surprising that Lloris getting sent off was the man coming on to replace him. You would have thought that after such a superb run of games, young Paulo Gazzaniga would have elevated himself to second in command between the sticks. However, Paulo’s three back-to-back man of the match awards did little to prevent Vorm getting the nod of the bench tonight.
Tottenham still struggle to see a game out-
I’m not sure what it is about Spurs this season, but it seems as if we can command a game up until we go ahead, before we get the jitters and gift chance after chance. Spurs went from 1-0 up to 2-1 down in seven minutes at the San Siro earlier this season. Tottenham are still in an amazing position in the Premier League, and must use this Champions League heartbreak as a lesson for the domestic campaign to come.
Qualification is unlikely-
Tottenham will now need a win against PSV, Inter Milan, and Barcelona to have any realistic chance of qualification from the group. If Tottenham win their next two against PSV and Inter, with Milan losing both legs to Barcelona, Spurs will move above them. However, the final matches in this group are Barca v Tottenham, and Inter v PSV. Inter Milan are unlikely to drop points to PSV at home, especially if the Dutch club have no hope of qualification by then. Spurs will therefore need to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp to qualify.
Tottenham can now concentrate on domestic titles-
There is some good news though. Tottenham are only two points off the lead in the Premier League after achieving their best ever start to a season after nine games. There is also a lot of room for improvement, as Spurs have achieved this without hitting anywhere near their full potential. If they are to crash out of the Champions League early, they will at least get to concentrate on winning some domestic silverware this season.
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