Glenn Hoddle reacts to Tanguy Ndombele back-heel in Spurs draw
Glenn Hoddle has told BT Sport (broadcast on 16/9; 19:50) that Tanguy Ndombele was the only player on the pitch capable of producing his back-heel pass in the build-up to Spurs’ opener against Rennes.
Tottenham are off and running in the Europa Conference League. But Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were made to work hard for a point in France.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a late equaliser for the visitors after Rennes had scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.
It was an own goal that broke the deadlock, with Lucas Moura’s effort being deflected by Loic Bade.
Lucas will take much of the credit for the goal. But the move all started with Ndombele producing an outrageous piece of skill on the touchline.
He managed to squeeze the ball past two men with a delicious back-heel pass as he fell away from the pitch.
It was a remarkable reminder of what Ndombele can do. And Spurs fans will be hoping that it was the kind of moment that sent a real message to Nuno.
And after the game, Hoddle suggested that Ndombele did something that few would have been able to produce.
“It was wonderful, wonderful skill,” he told BT Sport. “And this is what you want to see. He’s going nowhere. Only he on that football pitch was capable of doing that. He’s going nowhere, he’s had a little glance.”
Ndombele takes opportunity to prove point as Hoddle praises back-heel
Ndombele was making his first appearance of the season. And while it was not a flawless performance, he certainly proved a point.
He could have perhaps done better for Rennes’ first goal. But plenty of fans felt that he was the shining light for the visitors.
Ndombele was an unused substitute at the weekend against Crystal Palace. Supporters will hope that is not the case on Sunday. Many clearly think he deserves a chance against Chelsea.
He is capable of producing moments of real magic. He proved that with his audacious piece of skill on Thursday.