Nacer Chadli endures anonymous display as Tottenham Hotspur stutter

The Belgian struggled to get into the clash at Signal Iduna Park.

By virute of the fact that he has netted seven times from 18 starts in all competitions, it might be fair to say that Tottenham Hotspur winger Nacer Chadli is having a fairly decent season in the individual stakes.

And he is, but the Belgian ace was one of the many Tottenham players who simply failed to turn up in Thursday night's 3-0 Europa League defeat away to Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and a double from Marco Reus helped the German giants place one foot into the quarter-finals of the competition with a resounding win.

None of Spurs' starting XI really covered themselves in glory, but this was especially true of Chadli, whose 57 minutes on the field were entirely forgettable.

The 26-year-old, who was replaced by Mousa Dembele before the hour mark, managed just 15 passes throughout his stint at Signal Iduna Park - and five of those were unsuccessful.

Furthermore, Chadli was only afforded 20 touches of the ball and he was undoubtedly the Lilywhites' quietest player on the night, according to figures from

Manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that such a heavy defeat does not have a knock-on effect for his side's confidence and morale on the domestic front.

Tottenham, who sit second in the Premier League, five points behind Leicester, go to bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa on Sunday aiming for a swift riposte to a difficult week.

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