Tottenham’s Champions League campaign is in danger of going up in smoke after consecutive defeats at the start of the group stages.
After throwing away a lead against Inter Milan at the San Siro two weeks ago, the Lilywhites were unravelled by Barcelona at Wembley in a result that makes Spurs’ task in an already difficult group increasingly unnerving.
While Lionel Messi was at his brilliant best, a lot of Tottenham’s problems against the LaLiga champions were of their own doing and the performance of Hugo Lloris, returning from injury in his first game since August, was extremely concerning.
The World Cup winner rushed off his line in the opening minutes to hand the Catalan side the perfect start, Philippe Coutinho taking advantage of his mishap, and the 31-year-old also looked shaky in other stages of the match.
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Statistics then emerged which showed that Lloris is the only player in the Premier League to hit double figures for errors leading to a goal in the last three years and has now transferred those mistakes onto the continental stage.
Lloris’ return to a Spurs side depleted by injuries should have been a cause for celebration but instead, Mauricio Pochettino will have plenty to think about, especially after Paulo Gazzaniga caught the eye in his absence.