Five things learned from Tottenham's 1-0 win over Partizan: Soldado, Stambouli & Lennon feature

Roberto Soldado

Five conclusions from Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade.

Poor Roberto

Even a nightmare couldn't be this cruel to Roberto Soldado.

The Spaniard ticked every box he possibly could last night yet again for Tottenham, except, of course, the 'goals scored' column. And the winning goal against Partizan Belgrade summed the Spaniard's Spurs career up perfectly.

Soldado made a fine run into the danger area and produced a stylish finish... only for it to ricochet against the post for Benjamin Stambouli to net the rebound. When will the striker score again!?

Fringe players... did they do enough?

Elsewhere, several fringe players played for Tottenham against the Serbian side and it is difficult to judge how they really did. The likes of Aaron Lennon, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches were given the chance to show Mauricio Pochettino what they are capable of and many produced decent displays.

Partizan, however, are not the best yardstick to measure against - and whether these very players can do the same thing in the Premier League is another matter entirely. The signs, though, were generally encouraging.

Steady Stambouli - or not?

The same principle applies to Stambouli. Going forward, the Spurs midfielder did look menacing and, of course, scored his side's winning goal. Statistically, the 24-year-old impressed at White Hart Lane and there is no doubting that this was a superb attacking display.

But, again, what Stambouli can do against Partizan is not necessarily a sign of what he can do against anyone else. Defensively, meanwhile, he looked shaky. At one point, he was chasing his man down the left-hand side and appeared to be going no faster than the pace of a brisk jog.

Fine margins

Even despite their relative dominance on Thursday night, Tottenham could quite easily have dropped two more points against the Belgrade side.

With just minutes to go, Hugo Lloris produced another fine stop to deny the visitors an equaliser - but, had he been a little less aware of the chance, Spurs' night could have been oh so different.

It is a case of fine margins and those margins have been going against the north London side domestically. The Europa League seems to lull Spurs into a false sense of security and they must guard against that if they want to avoid another home defeat against Everton this weekend.

Pochettino keeps fans guessing

As for who will start that Premier League clash, Pochettino has kept fans guessing with his team selection once again. Harry Kane was rested for last night's game - finally, the Spurs boss is getting his striker choices right - but Ben Davies started at left-back, someone you would consider Tottenham's first choice right now.

Who will Pochettino pick on Sunday? Answers on a postcard, please.

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