Tottenham draw 2-2 on the road in Rennes

It was a game of ups and downs for Spurs as they face their second opponent in the Europa Conference League competition.

In a nutshell, it was Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who recovered a point for Tottenham after going 2-1 down in the second half. Lucas Moura got the first. Unfortunately, high performers Steven Bergwijn and Lucas Moura picked up injury knocks ahead of the London derby against Chelsea this Sunday.

Nuno Espirito Santo changed the starting XI greatly since the Spurs last lined up. Gollini was between the sticks. Ndombele, Doherty, and Rodon all started for Spurs.

The night started positively for Tottenham. Lucas Moura looked lively and his attempted cutback clipped off Loic Bade’s leg to evade the Rennes keeper in the 12th minute of the match giving Spurs the lead.

The energy levels soon dropped, and Flavien Tait brought the home side level in the 23rd minute of play with a clinical and convincing shot from the edge of the area.

Tanguy Ndombele impressed whilst key players injured

It was a surprise to many to find Tanguy Ndombele in the starting lineup after a summer of controversy surrounding his position at Spurs. The club-record signing appeared to be on his way out – a feeling that was mutual by both club and player – but gave an excellent performance against the French side last night. Alongside Bryan Gil, Ndombele was the most impressive player in a Tottenham shirt.

Tottenham have suffered from the injury of Heung-Min Son in recent weeks and their European exploits only added to their injury worries. Steven Bergwijn, who has recently suffered an ankle injury, limped off the pitch in the first with what seemed to be a recurring injury to the same ankle.

What made matters worse, the energetic Lucas Moura shortly left the field after the break with similar ankle issues. Although his replacement, Hojbjerg, steadied the ship and scored the equaliser, with the Chelsea match looming, the growing injury list must have worried poor Nuno.

The club has not made a statement as to whether either player will be fit to play Chelsea later this week at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Fans should expect an update in the coming hours.

It does however seem promising that the issues regarding Ndombele seem to have been ironed out. He will be needed to face the Champions League winners if Moura, Bergwijn and Son are still not fit to play.

On top of Nuno’s growing injury worries, Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso and Sanchez have not been able to play their last couple of games due to quarantine rules.

The Starting XI

GK 

Gollini

DEF

Doherty

Tanganga

Rodon

Davies

MDF

Ndombele

Skipp

Moura

Gil

Bergwijn

FWD

Kane

The manager’s thoughts

When quizzed on the list of injured Spurs players, the manager said,

“It’s been terrible. I must be honest. Let’s not hide behind anything. After the Watford game, everything that has happened has not been very good for us… But this is football. And we know it’s a moment we have to overcome.”

And of the performance,

“It was not perfect, but we showed a lot of character and belief to change the result after we conceded… They are a hard team to play and it is not easy to analyse the game. We had a lot of players out of position.”

What’s next for Spurs

Tottenham face Chelsea in the Premier League this Sunday, 19th September. We have a special offer on hospitality tickets for this exciting match-up, with prices starting from just £99!

Tottenham are next in European action on September 30th as they welcome NS Mura to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. You can watch that game in comfort and style as our Spurs hospitality tickets start at just £49. Or you can purchase the European League bundle, in which you can purchase a hospitality ticket to all three Spurs European group games for just £129.

Come On You Spurs.