Tottenham’s 4-2 defeat to Barcelona on Wednesday night left their Champions League hopes in tatters, but there is no need for supporters to panic after the result.
Tottenham played one of the best club teams in Europe with the best player in the world at his absolute peak, while the Premier League outfit sported a team made up of numerous backup options.
The impact of the absences of the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele for such a massive match cannot be understated. It is a miracle that Spurs fought back to within a goal down on two occasions.
Barcelona were the superior side, but Tottenham nonetheless showed impressive desire and ambition to claw their way back into the match.
Although their group table does not make for kind viewing, Spurs can be reassured with the knowledge that they have two of their toughest fixtures out of the way. They still have to play PSV home and away, and Barcelona and Inter Milan will meet twice more, giving the north London club a fantastic opportunity to gain ground on the two leading contenders.
With four group matches remaining, it is far too early for Tottenham fans to start panicking about their Champions League hopes. A favourable upcoming fixture list, aided by their gutsy Barcelona performance, spells good news going forward for Spurs.