Spurs v Gent: Europa League preview
Tottenham host Belgian side Gent in the second leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie on Thursday, trailing 1-0 on aggregate from last week’s first leg.
Jeremy Perbet’s goal on the hour mark has given Gent a narrow lead to take with them to London. As they have done throughout their European campaign, Spurs will play their home match at Wembley.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino’s analysis of the first leg was simple: “We were poor and they were better.”
The Argentine will be hoping for a more focused performance on Thursday.
Gent slipped to 8th in the Belgian league with a 1-1 draw at Standard Liege on Sunday. Full-back Stefan Mitrovic scored the equaliser for Hein Vanhaezebrouck’s side.
Spurs, meanwhile, progressed to the last eight of the FA Cup following their 3-0 win at Craven Cottage. Harry Kane scored a hat-trick for the visitors.
Also on the weekend, Spurs quietly surpassed Arsenal’s trophy drought of 2005-2014. The club have not won a trophy since their 2008 League Cup victory.
Harry Kane has eased fears of a knee injury following his FA Cup heroics, confirming “it was [only] about icing it”.
Danny Rose is ruled out with a knee injury. The full-back is said to be a “number of weeks” away from a return.
Erik Lamela will also miss out once again as he continues his recovery from an ongoing groin problem.
With Spurs chasing the tie, in-form Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son could come in for Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks from the first leg.
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