Last night’s defeat has effectively brought Spurs interest in the Europa League to an end as they are very unlikely to overturn a two goal deficit in next week’s 2nd leg game in Lisbon. I would appreciate your views on who performed best for Spurs and is deserving of recognition for their efforts in a team that is lacking confidence and direction.
There are few positives for Tim Sherwood to take from the loss. After his comments following the weekend and with the continual thrust of his remarks during the week of the players playing for their future at the club and their need to show that they are good enough to play for a team like Tottenham there was little in the way of a response. There was early endeavour and greater effort but it had little impact on a well-organised and disciplined Benfica team who always looked the better, more composed side and who waited their opportunity to strike and with one pass opened up the Spurs defence. They added to that goal with two strikes from set-pieces when the Tottenham’s marking was poor and by the end Spurs were fortunate that the scoreline wasn’t worse.
Christian Eriksen – His Best Moments
Spurs contribution to the game revolved around Christian Eriksen with his goal from a well-struck free-kick which was very similar to the one which revived Spurs in the last round against Dnipro and for a brief moment provided a glimmer of hope. He had earlier provided a telling pass to Emmanuel Adebayor which should have brought an equaliser at the start of the second half but the striker placed the effort wide. Another Eriksen free-kick provided Younes Kaboul with a header which went straight into the hands of the goalkeeper but otherwise there was little to praise and even Eriksen gave very poor delivery from other free-kicks and corners.
There was effort and commitment from Sandro and Kaboul who took on the captain’s armband but few others made a telling contribution so once again there is the need to add the additional option in the poll that no-one was worthy of their ‘Spurs’.
I would appreciate your views on the poll as it maintains the record for the season of the players who have contributed most for the Spurs’ cause, even in defeat and adversity.
Who Won Their Tottenham ‘Spurs’ Against Benfica?
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