Tottenham winning streak ended as Spurs lose 1-0 away at Vitesse

Tottenham Hotspur have shown some sterling form in their last three matches; claiming victory over N.S. Mura, Aston Villa, and Newcastle.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo decided to leave his star players in London and field a much-changed team for the Europa Conference League match with Vitesse Arnhem.

Tottenham currently sit 3rd in the Group G rankings behind Rennes and Vitesse, with a second leg due to be played with the latter at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday 4th November.

The star players were left to rest

With Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Hugo Lloris and Cuti Romero sitting at home resting for their Super Sunday clash with London rivals West Ham, it was up to the Spurs B-string to face the Dutch side.

It was a comfortable victory for Vitesse, who managed to achieve a sell-out crowd for the first time over 7 years. A huge night for players and fans alike, they played extremely well against the travelling Lilywhites.

It wasn’t until the 47th minute of the game that Spurs truly threatened the Vitesse goal. Giovanni Lo Celso showed his trickier side with a fascinating dribble before laying it off to Bryan Gil, who flashed the crossbar with a first-time strike.

From that point on the majority of the attacking play came from the home side, who forced a decent save out of Gollini on more than one occasion. The clock struck 78 minutes and Vitesse scored the only goal of the game. Maximilian Wittek expertly volleyed a cross from just outside the box. The GelreDome Stadium could have been the Roman Colosseum at that moment as the crowd went wild.

Will Nuno’s gamble pay off?

It will be interesting to see if Nuno’s gamble pays off, and if Spurs can carry on their Premier League winning streak against the Hammers this Sunday.

It was a disappointing night in Holland for the entire team, not least Dele Alli. Has Nuno decided the fate of this once-exciting English midfielder? Has he reached the same conclusion as his Portuguese predecessor deciding that Alli is simply not good enough for a place in the Spurs starting XI? His performance was lackluster, to say the least.

The Spurs players will be looking to channel their Champions League performances in Holland, the unforgettable match against Ajax, when Vitesse come to London in a couple of weeks. No doubt that Nuno will set the record straight and seek to progress Spurs up the group G rankings with a convincing home win in North London.

The Starting XI

GK

Gollini

DEF

Tanganga
Sanchez
Rodon
Davies

MDF

Lo Celso
Winks
Gil
Alli
Bergwijn

ST

Scarlett

What the manager said

After the Spurs defeat, Nuno claimed that,

“It was a tough match, like we expected. Always away from home in Europe in the Conference League is tough. I think we compete well, in terms of attack I think we should finish the actions better. Some combinations were missing. The Conference League is always a chance to have minutes on the players, players who work hard and deserve. This is what it’s all about so let’s progress.

In terms of the group, I think we have two games at home against Vitesse and Rennes and then we have to play Mura. We can solve the situation of the group.”

What’s next for Spurs

Spurs travel to the London Stadium on Sunday to face West Ham. 14:00 kick-off.

Tottenham are then away at Burnley in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before hosting Man Utd on Saturday 30th October. This unbelievable home fixture is likely to sell out imminently, so get your VIP tickets today to secure your spot amid the action.