Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Europa League after failing to beat Gent at Wembley Stadium. Spurs drew 2-2 in an entertaining encounter with the Belgian outfit, whose crucial victory in the first leg ensured they progressed 3-2 on aggregate. Christian Eriksen had opened the scoring and levelled the tie before a Harry Kane own goal put the visitors back in control. Tottenham were reduced to 10 men when Dele Alli was sent off for a reckless challenge on Brecht Dejaegere and from then on it was an uphill struggle. Victor Wanyama gave Spurs hope but this was extinguished when Jeremy Perbet, the goalscorer from the first leg, netted with 10 minutes remaining. Here are three things we have learned from Tottenham’s exit.
Another disappointing European adventure
Tottenham worked so hard to finish third in the Premier League last season, thereby qualifying automatically for the Champions League. But it has been a European campaign to forget. Despite much hope and expectation, Spurs failed to finish in the top two of their Champions League group, which was a bitter blow to Pochettino and the club’s supporters. It felt like a missed opportunity. By finishing third they were parachuted into the Europa League but that campaign has also ended in ignominy, with a last-32 exit to Gent. Pochettino took the competition seriously by naming a full-strength side but, for whatever reason, it just hasn’t clicked for them. Some have blamed playing their home matches at Wembley for their lacklustre performances, but that excuse cannot wash. Spurs will be playing every match there next season, but presently there is no guarantee they will finish in the top four.