Gent only have a ‘minimal advantage’, says Spurs boss after defeat in Belgium
Tottenham lose first leg of Europa League by a single goal
16 February, 2017 — By Geoffrey Sawyer
Europa League Last-32
KAA GENT 1, TOTTENHAM O
MAURICIO Pochettino says he is confident that Tottenham can turn around their Europa League tie against KAA Gent after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat in Belgium tonight (Thursday).
A single strike from Jeremy Perbet just before the hour mark condemned Spurs to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg.
The Tottenham boss wasn’t too alarmed by the result, however, ahead of the return leg at Wembley next Thursday, February 23. “When you lose it’s always a bad feeling but the tie is open, it’s a minimal advantage for Gent,” said Pochettino. “We need to play at Wembley next Thursday and just try to win the game.
“The first half was an even game. In the second half we were better. We changed our formation a little to try to find a solution to create more chances, but we conceded a goal in our best moment. That is football, it’s difficult to explain sometimes.
“We are confident we can turn it around, of course. We need to recover our best feeling as soon as possible.”
The only goal of the game saw French striker Perbet show neat control before slotting into the corner from Danijel Milicevic’s pull-back.
A strong Spurs line-up could have found themselves further behind against Gent, who are eighth in the Belgian league, when Milicevic’s shot was tipped on to the post late on.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks (Eriksen, 80), Wanyama, Dembele (Son Heung-min, 68), Sissoko (Nkoudou, 71), Kane, Alli
Substitutes not used: Vorm, Trippier, Onomah, Wimmer