Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s draw against LASK in the Europa League

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Tottenham Hotspur struggled to get over the line this evening against LASK, but the Lilywhites managed to secure a 3-3 draw.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned from the match:

Through to the knockouts – Spurs are now officially through to the knockout rounds of the Europa League, to be played in 2021. A point was all they needed tonight.

No start for Dele – Alli dropped down to the bench again this evening, despite playing well in the Europa League last week. In my opinion, the decision was harsh. Dele should have been rewarded for his efforts against Ludogorets, otherwise where is the drive for him to keep going? Happy to see him get that late penalty goal, he deserved it.

People not stepping up – Unfortunately, the Europa League represents a chance for fringe players to make a case for themselves, but they did not do that tonight. There were no real stand out performers and I can’t see Mourinho’s first-choice XI changing any time soon.

Importance of Antwerp – The match against Antwerp will now decide who tops Group J and Spurs must do all they can to win it. Getting a good draw in the first knockout round would be a big bonus for Mourinho in terms of resting his key players.

Joe Hart errors – While Joe Hart could have been forgiven for the first goal that Spurs conceded tonight, the same could not be said of the second. The big man got a hand to it but still couldn’t keep it out. It worries me what would happen if Lloris got injured.

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