Five things we learned about Tottenham from the 1-0 defeat at Besiktas

Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated as Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 to Besiktas last night.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was left disappointed by his side’s performance in their final Europa League group game.

The side battled well but didn’t have enough to nudge past Besiktas who secured a 1-0 win to finish top of the group ahead of the draw for the next round.

Here are five things we learned about Tottenham Hotspur last night.


Tottenham don’t seem to handle disruption well.

Granted, in this day and age it’s not unreasonable to expect a top European side to keep their lights on for 90 minutes, but they went out twice and Spurs seemed to lose their focus during those periods.


Kyle Walker made a return to first team action and he looked in a decent state throughout the game. Fingers crossed he recovers well and gives Pochettino a selection dilemma ahead of the Premier League game against Swansea this weekend.


The Spaniard continues to look like he’s struggling up front. He produced a great finish in the win against Everton but has failed to back that up. He missed a great chance following a Paulinho free kick and his confidence looks low at the moment.


Surely it’s time for Pochettino to start playing him more. His delivery in open play and from set pieces looked good throughout the game last night. He was a little rusty in the middle when put under pressure but that’s understandable as he’s not been playing frequently.


Tottenham need to sharpen up in terms of their tactics regardless of who they are drawn against in the next round next week. It’s important the boss fine tunes things for the next round because there will be plenty of tight situations and key match ups in the next round of games. High pressing is fine but not if it damages the shape of the back four.

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