When Tottenham Hotspur finished third last season some saw this as a disappointment following their ongoing pursuit for the title, but others saw this as a great opportunity to conquer the big stage of Europe, the UEFA Champions League.
After last season’s UEFA Europa League Round of 16 exit, Spurs fans are still craving the European success they deserve.
This season, with a move to Wembley for European Cup games, things didn’t go to plan thanks to a UEFA Champions League Group Stage exit.
Adapting to Wembley was a big problem for Spurs having just claimed one win against CSKA Moscow from a possible three.
Following their quick exit, The Lilywhite’s dropped down to the UEFA Europa League, something they have become too familiar to over recent years.
Last week saw another disappointing European night for Tottenham as they lost 1-0 away to Belgian side, K.A.A. Gent.
The second leg of the fixture will be played on Thursday at Wembley. Spurs obviously have no away goal to go by so the defensive line will have to perform as they did against Fulham on Sunday.
Having seen an improved Spurs side put three past Fulham in the FA Cup on Sunday, there is some hope for the Tottenham following come Thursday.
With the return of Jan Vertonghen partnering arguably, one of the best centre backs in the Premier League, Toby Alderweireld, this gives the Spurs back line much more strength in the middle as there won’t be any makeshift changes which could lead to mistakes as seen in recent weeks.
Left-back, Ben Davies also improved his performance against Fulham after a disappointing display against Liverpool, in Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat earlier this month.
One player Spurs will continually miss until his return is full-back, Danny Rose. The defender who was previously criticised for signing a five-year-deal at White Hart Lane has turned his career around under Mauricio Pochettino.
Former Spurs legend, Graham Roberts spoke to ElWriteBack exclusively about Rose: “He’s a top class player and has grown each year making him world class now!”