Europa League exit exposes the flip side of Tottenham Hotspur’s incredible Premier League stat

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Tottenham Hotspur have often made late comebacks in the Premier League this season, but they failed to do so against Fiorentina in the Europa League.

Tottenham Hotspur have an enviable record in the Premier League this season.

The North London outfit have picked up 16 points from losing position in the league this campaign, more than any other side.

In fact, Spurs have won 13 points alone from the final five minutes of matches - a Premier League high.

Time and time again Mauricio Pochettino’s side have staged comebacks this season, and they did so against West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Tottenham fell 2-0 behind to their London rivals after 62 minutes, but scored twice late on through Danny Rose and Harry Kane.

England Under-21 international striker Kane’s equaliser against the Hammers came in the sixth minute of injury time.

While this is truly an incredible record, the flip side of it is that Tottenham have conceded the first goal in matches and have had to rely on late strikes.

It is an exciting way to draw or win matches - scoring in the final minutes - but it is not ideal.

In an ideal situation, one would like to wrap up the points as early as possible and not wait - or hope - for late drama.

Although Spurs have proved that they can score late goals, the problem is that they will not always be able to do so.

Against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday, Tottenham fell behind in the 54th minute and then conceded the second goal on 71 minutes.

The Serie A outfit are a much better team that many of the sides Spurs have faced in the Premier League this term, and they deservedly went through to the last 16 of the competition with a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Manager Pochettino brought on Kane in the 63rd minute at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence, but the youngster failed to weave his magic.

The lesson that Spurs should learn from the defeat to Fiorentina is that they should not rely on late goals, and that they should not concede first.

Tottenham have a big game against Chelsea coming up on Sunday. If they concede the first goal in the League Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium, then they could well lose the clash.

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